>> 17 February 2009
- Start a great day
When you get up in the morning, tell yourself 'Today is going to be a great day'.
- Be grateful
Every day, after you have started your 'great day', while you're on your way to prepare breakfast, brush your teeth, put your socks on..., list the things you're grateful for: being alive today, having a comfortable bed and warm duvet, fresh coffee, running water, a loaf of bread, the sun shining/the noise of the rain on your roof/the snowflakes falling, your car starting without a problem... If you are not a morning person, you can do this before you go to bed too.
- Learn something new
My grandmother always said: 'Never go to bed without having learned something'. It doesn't have to be a new language. It can be the name of your new neighbour, the meaning of a new word from the dictionary, or use Wikipedia Randompage, or find a few more ideas here.
Go through the day smiling. A smile begets a smile. When you feel stressed or angry, force the smile on your face. Lifting the corners of your mouth for a while will lift your spirit as well. Persist.
- Say thank you and mean it
Thank someone you don't know very well with a little (unexpected) gift.
- Practice random acts of kindness
Give a bill to a beggar instead of a coin, leave little notes for your partner when he goes to work, pay for the customer behind you in line, spread your generosity, dare to be an angel.
- Be creative
Create something every day: start an art journal, check out these creativity tips, tools and resources.
- Take some 'Me-time'.
Insist on having some uninterrupted time (it can be 10 minutes, it can be an hour - you decide) for yourself. To do whatever you like doing. Take a bath, go the hairdresser, read a book, paint, go for a run/walk. It has to be something just for you.
- Take the stairs
It is free exercise and saves electricity by not using the elevator.
"Good habits are worth being fanatical about. "