Bob Dempsey

8 Fun Ways to Brighten up Your Day


“Everyday may not be good, but there’s something good in everyday.”
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Your well-being is heavily influenced by your ability to manage your emotions. If you tend to focus on the negative, you’ve probably trained yourself to do so. While you may be hardwired to remember the negative, habitually fixating on these thoughts and replaying them in your mind is a terrific way to forget about all the positive in your life. You alone are responsible for choosing to have a positive attitude. There are ways you can train your mind to say yes to life – right now.

Take a moment and think about your last vacation. Really, take a second and give it some thought.

What comes to mind? Do you remember the pleasurable meals, sights, or sounds? Does the fact that you were even able to afford a vacation resonate with you? Or do you recall the hectic drive to the airport, the cramped flight, or the children annoying you?

Negative thoughts zap your energy and prevent you from being in the present moment. They prevent you from being the person you want to be. Keeping a negative mindset is a constant effort and can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The point to be made here is that this painful experience is largely unnecessary and preventable.

Here Are a 8 Ways You Can Use Right Now to Brighten up Your View of the World:

1. Choose a Positive Story and Share It Daily with People

Being known as a positive source of information will draw people to you and give you something to look forward to wherever you go. Our thoughts are magnetic and negativity is contagious. You don’t want to be known as Mr. Doom and gloom. The goal is to surround yourself with uplifting people and encouraging dialogue.

2. Make Smiling a Habit

It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown and you can actually trick your brain into thinking more positive by smiling. Practicing this can have profound effects on your moment to moment experience. Even a slight grin can do wonders to invite people in. Think of the last time you wanted to noticeably appear happy. Possibly at a job interview, speaking engagement, or meeting a partner’s family for the first time. Chances are you felt happier that day even if you had no reason to smile. Try it!

3. Have a Good Laugh Every Day

Laughing is very transformative; it loosens you up and changes your perspective. Laughing is a great way to snap yourself out of it. Things don’t have to be hilarious for you to laugh at them. You may notice yourself smiling at things that you didn’t previously find funny. The next time someone tells you a joke, don’t try and one-up them, just listen. You’ll be surprised at the relationships that develop.

4. Pause, Close Your Eyes, and Take a Deep Breath

Adjust your focus to the present moment. Consider positive affirmations, meditation, or yoga. Simply sitting in your car for a few minutes with your eyes closed while focusing on your breath and not replaying the stressful morning commute can do wonders to relax you. Focusing on the present moment helps you to resist worrying about the future or what could happen. Re-center back to now; now is all we have.

5. Continuously Practice Gratitude

Make a list of the things in your life that you are grateful for. Add things to the list as you think of them and refer back to it as a reminder. Be grateful for having your health, family, and friends. Be grateful for having enough to eat, having a roof over your head, and being employed. Share the things you’re grateful for with others. Don’t take things for granted. Practicing gratitude is a very quick and effective way to focus on the positive. When you appreciate the good things in life, you develop satisfaction and a sense of optimism.

6. Get up and Exercise

Motion dictates emotion. Exercise has profound effects on stress management, health, and overall well-being. How we treat our body greatly influences how we perceive ourselves. Some of my best friends have come from exercising. Get out there and build your confidence and self-esteem with a little fresh air and exercise.

7. Take Time out of Your Day to Do Something Kind for Someone

Have you ever watched a YouTube video of people randomly helping each other?

These videos are very powerful and I highly recommend them. Helping others can be a tremendous source of fulfillment and happiness. Take some time to connect with someone or to deepen an existing relationship. Call a family member and tell them you love them, offer compliments as often as possible, tell someone in a thankless job that you really appreciate them (tip them if possible), pay it forward in a drive-thru, or offer a helping hand to someone in need.

We sometimes find ourselves in a perpetual state of autopilot with our daily to-do lists and routines. A random act of kindness is a terrific way to focus on the present moment and appreciate what you have even more.

8. Make Time for Yourself

Schedule time to do what you enjoy.

You know what you like: socializing, exercising, playing an instrument, reading, writing, cooking, or nothing at all. Ask your child to design a day that you can spend together. You need to allow time in your schedule to take your foot off the gas and unwind. We pack our daily lives with events and responsibilities, but don’t allow time to live.

When was the last time you saw FUN on your schedule?

Why This Matters

How you view things really matters.

Positive thinking means approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook, trying to make the best out of any situation, and looking to see the best in yourself and others.

Life is not easy. Have patience with yourself.

The more positive you become, the quicker you’ll notice the negativity coming from others.

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