How To Have a Good Day
Yesterday was a great day. There was nothing particularly special about it, but it was productive, I had a ton of energy and was generally happy. According to this TED talk by Shawn Achor, our brains operate 31% better when we are happy. Being happy will also reduce the stress hormone cortisol which has a huge positive impact on our overall health.
When we are happy, we are
- More creative
- Have more energy
- Are more productive
- Are more resilient to stress
How to have a “good day”
- Eliminate the time wasters. It is amazing how easily we can get wrapped up in things we have NO CONTROL OVER. The day will always be better if you avoid:
- watching the news for prolonged periods of time
- talking to negative people
- mindlessly browsing social media
- Be intentional about positive input. Make positive input a priority in your life. If you do not put forth the effort to do this, it will not happen. Here are a few of my favorite resources :
- Non fiction books on audible.com
- Podcasts on business, leadership and personal growth
- Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest (intentionally seeking out inspiring people, articles, videos, etc)
- Wake up earlier. Hands down- this is the most important thing of all. There is no substitute for setting your day up for success. Here are my non-negotionable morning rituals:
- Working out
- Eating a good breakfast
- A short meditation or a morning walk or both
- Listening to an audiobook, ted talk or podcast while doing all of these things
I know we all have obligations that can potentially get in the way, but ultimately it is up to us to take control of our happiness and our health.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” [World Health Organization].
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