Life is unpredictable. On a typical day, an infinite amount of unexpected occurrences can occur, causing stress, concern, and dissatisfaction. However, instead of allowing these bad emotions to take over, what if you made a conscious choice to have a wonderful day?
Utilize the following strategies to add joy to each day:
1. Self-suggestion is a good place to start.
Make a conscious decision to have a fantastic day first thing in the morning. While brushing your teeth, take a moment to look yourself in the eye. Declare to yourself, “Today is going to be fantastic,” and mean it. This is your opportunity to prepare for a beautiful day, whether you'll be spending it with family, at work, or with friends.
2. Invest in your own empowerment.
When you choose to let circumstances pass you by without affecting you adversely, you reclaim control of what could have become a terrible scenario. Take the bull by the horns and make a commitment to yourself regarding what you will and will not do in a difficult scenario.
• Refuse to let anyone or anything but yourself ruin your day. By doing so, you are effectively saying "no" to negativity. You are taking a position. When you are resolved in this manner, your natural tenacity will ensure that you have a wonderful day.
3. Recognize what is truly important.
When confronted with a difficult situation, remind yourself to see the bigger picture. If one aspect of a project isn't going well, recognize that you've been in similar situations before and will almost certainly reencounter them. Bear in mind, though, that such situations do not persist and that easier times will return.
4. Remind yourself of the positive aspects of your life.
Bear in mind that you still have other responsibilities today, and the tough scenario is not the only one you'll face. By the end of the day, you might have won the jackpot or gotten that promotion you've been eyeing. Alternatively, perhaps on your way home, all traffic lights will be green. Positive events, large or small, are likely to occur today.
5. View a difficult situation as an adventure.
When you look back, you'll notice that many previous instances that disappointed you originally turned out to be excellent opportunities. Change your frame of reference from "Oh, this is terrible" to "This could be intriguing."
6. Be on the lookout for the silver lining.
What are the positive aspects of a difficult situation? You may first struggle to find something nice to say about a traumatic event. This, however, will grow easier with experience. You will finally be able to discern the true beauty of the trying situation.