Turning a frown upside down

Let's say you wake up and have a fine morning getting ready and out the door. Then you go to the pharmacy for your once-every-three-months refill, and the gal at the counter who is a few years younger than you ignores you, then when you tell her you no longer have health insurance she looks at you like you "WTF? You know this is $95, right?". Then you get to the store and realize you left the keys to the register at home. It's just one of those mornings right?


When I was walking from my car back to the store, with the proper keys in hand, I told myself I was not going to let these things determine the outcome of my day. Sure, I would have totally preferred to not be talked down to by the pharmacy gal. Sure, it would have been awesome to not have to drive home and back to the store. But the day was still young and I knew I could rise above the irritants and have a great day.

So you know what I did? I made funny faces in the camera to help get our my frustration.

(There may or may not have been "grrrr!" noises being made while these pictures were being taken.)

We all have moments (or days) where things aren't going great, they are stressful, or just plain blah. In the spirit of my day, I was thinking I would share my thoughts on how to make these things better. I am by no means an expert at life, but I am very confident in the ways that make, and keep, me happy.

1. Smile. At everything and everyone. Smiles are contagious. Someone just might smile back. That's a nice feeling right?

2. Have a mini dance party. Put on your favorite happy, upbeat music and get into the rhythm. Give yourself 10 minutes to have the best dance party ever. Getting your mind off whatever and into the music, as well as getting your body moving, will help the bad feelings turn into good.

3. SING! Whether it's in the car, your bedroom or the shower- belt it! Pick happy, upbeat songs that you feel good singing. Use your diaphragm. Use up all that negative energy to sing those happy words.

4. Do something really nice. Call up your sister who's away for college and tell her you miss her. Move the shopping cart that's dangerously close to that car to the cart rack. Compliment someone on their awesome winter shoes. Leave a comment on everyone's blog you you follow or blog hop to.

5. Go get yourself your favorite treat. The sort of treat that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Is it a box of Gobstoppers? A homemade peppermint mocha? A Starbucks Cake Pop? Go get it. Fend off the bad feelings with something that makes you feel GOOD.

These things may be small, cheesy, and/or silly, but it's the little things in life. They all add up. So take advantage of them and use them to make your day a positive one.
Chandra said...

Inspiring :) your absolutely right on all counts!

JustSandy said...

There you go, you've got the right idea :)

Chelsea said...

Agreed. It's easier to wallow in my frustrations, but a dance party totally changes my perspective!

Sami said...

I absolutely loved this post. You are a girl after my own heart!

Carrie said...

awe this so cute I love it!!!!

Lauren said...

Love this little post, i'm going to link it in my Monday 'start your week off with..' feature.


Courtney said...

Seriously! This is an adorable post. I LOVE that you turned around what could've been a very frustrating day indeed. Thanks for sharing your tips. I'm going to have to try them out!

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