WritersButt Wednesday – Do you actually TRY to be happy?

Today for WritersButt Wednesday, I’m going to send you off to read something. But you have to come back and talk to me! I saw a link to an article from one of my Facebook friends titled:

“10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science”

Pretty hard to resist clicking that! No brainer, right? So off I went and I was thrilled to find that most of the items are components in my WritersButt program. I mean, did they see inside my brain? You know what else was totally cool? I literally do ALL of those things, in some way or another. Boom!

Let’s see how you do.  Go on … READ THIS and find out. I’ll wait right here.

 

Georgetown, TX fall sunset -- a pretty picture to look at while I wait … :)

Georgetown, TX fall sunset — a pretty picture to look at while I wait … :)

Hey, welcome back. Pretty cool, right? Did you notice all the WritersButt approved items there?

Exercise (fast and effective!) – Sleep – Time outdoors – Meditation – GRATITUDE!!

These are truly simple things to incorporate into your life that will help you to be happier. It’s mentioned numerous times throughout the article that doing these things also make you more productive. A happier person is also more creative. I’ve already given you tons of back-up information and studies on how exercise and sleep and even certain foods boost your creativity. All of this goes hand in hand and it’s NOT hard! It’s not time-consuming. You have nothing to lose … and your happiness, health, creativity and productivity to gain!

My challenge to you is to make sure you are actively doing at LEAST 6 items on that list, commit to a majority of them. Make it a test for one week. See if you can incorporate a minimum of 6 of the following items into you daily (that means EVERY DAY) life and see if you notice a difference.

  1. Exercise more: Who is still doing their potty squats? How about some fast lunges or push ups. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and just move. Come on – you can do ANYTHING for 5 little minutes!
  2. Sleep more: You will not get more accomplished by sleeping less. I promise. You might for a day or two, maybe even a week, but your work will suffer and so will you. Squeeze in more sleep!
  3. Short commute: I suspect this one will be the hardest for some to do based on life’s circumstances. My husband commutes to work and it’s at least a 2 hour drain in his day.  For years he’s worked an shifted schedule to lesson the time, going into work early and trying to get out of there before the onslaught of rush-hour. Maybe your employer will work with you on this? It’s worth a shot.
  4. Family and Friends: Surround yourself with people who bless your life and then don’t waste any chances to be with them. You are likely blessing their life too. Life is so uncertain, don’t miss any opportunity to be with those you love.
  5. Go Outside: I have given you all homework to take walks before. Get outdoors. Soak up some natural vitamin D – a mood booster!! Breathe in the fresh air. Feel the breeze blow through your hair. Turn your face to the sun and absorb the warmth.
  6. Help Others: Make an effort to actively help others. I call this, ‘getting into their gratitude journal’. If everyone kept a gratitude journal, how often would YOU or something you did be something someone else recorded as a gratitude in their life? Make their list!
  7. Practice Smiling: Smile your way to happy! It’s the easiest gift to give and it’s usually reciprocated. Back up your smile with a positive thought and really let your eyes lit up with joy! Challenge – see how much people you can get to smile back at you in any given day.
  8. Plan a trip: I love this one and do this all the time. I get daily Living Social and Groupon emails with deals. I’m on the ‘getaway’ list and love to check out vacation getaway deals. Just putting myself on a virtual vacation calms me and makes me smile. Dream!
  9. Meditate: For me, this is the very hardest one because I get going so fast that I don’t force myself to slow down, physically and mentally. My mind is racing. I am going to challenge myself to find 2-5 minutes a day to settle my mind and be calm with my body. When I have done this in the past, I’ve loved it. I know it’s a learned practice so I’m going to work on this.
  10. Practice Gratitude: My favorite!!  Keep that gratitude journal. Send a message to someone, maybe even a tweet or FB status, to tell them you are grateful to them or that you are grateful for something they did.  Help make Gratitude go Viral!!

So tell me, does any of this resonate? What are you going to work on? For me, I pledge to meditate daily and to take up my gratitude journal again in addition to physically reaching out and expressing my gratitude to someone for something specific every single day.

Have a great week!

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About Ginger Calem

I never met a notebook I didn't want to buy. Pens speak to me. Sticky notes are dear to my heart. Some of my best friends are those clambering in my head trying to get onto the page. And when they have their stories told, and I release them to the world, I hope they'll be your friends too.

Posted on October 9, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Yes, most definitely! I just reconnected with the WANA group and I’m totally feeling blessed. But I’m doing many of the other things on the list as well: exercising more, practicing gratitude, etc. I think making a commitment to working on your most coveted goals helps you to be more happy too. When you’re actually taking the steps, even if they are only tiny, you feel a sense of purpose. That’s what I’ve been experiencing anyways. Thank you, Ginger, for this timely post! :)

    • Hi Francelia! (I’ve always LOVED your beautiful name) I totally agree with you that committing to your goals, even chipping away at them daily, nourishes the soul … like you’re honoring your dream with a little effort. Thank you for reminding me of that as well. So great to see you again. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  2. Well that commute thing is messing me up too. I also have a 45 minute commute – one-way – every day. It’s a big time suck. But, silver lining, I can generally use that time to mentally work on my manuscript, edits, etc., or remember things to be grateful for that day.

    I sometimes get tired of smiling though. It’s really, really hard to smile at those obnoxious rude and ungrateful clients I have to deal with every day. Oh, well, part of life.

    It’s easy to smile when I see your post arrive in my in-box though. Happy Wednesday!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • If anyone is capable of using their commute to their advantage, it is you. Very productive, as always!! I totally get the ‘real’ smile when dealing with less that smile-worthy people. A true challenge!

      Your last comment gave me a huge, genuine smile. Thanks my friend!! (hug)

  3. Excellent, Ginger. The article totally resonates. I’m working on #7. Smiling is easy. Smiling with the eyes is certainly not the same as smiling. Discovered that looking in the mirror and practicing! Thanks for sharing the great tips.

    • Agree, Judy. Patricia mentioned that too in the comment above. It really is hard. I try to just think about drinking an excellent glass of wine. That somehow puts a little sparkle in my grin. haha!

  4. Is it still Wednesday Ginger? lol. I was sick all week with Strep and just couldn’t respond to this post until today. Um, I’ve been naughty. I’m not doing the potty squats. But…I’m going to start. I mean, how hard is that? Even I can do potty squats. *so she says* I do push-ups! And when I am on my feet, I do go out for walks. Now why does that sound like I’m a dog? lol. Anyway, keep us on our toes Ginger. We need the motivation. I am very grateful for this post! :)

    • And 2 days later I finally get my reply to you. Let’s agree that the days of the week don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, shall we? ;)

      I love your attitude, Karen. (always have!) Yes, you can add in the potty squats. They just aren’t all that hard and by the end of the day, you’ll have done a lot of them assuming you’re drinking all the glorious water that you’re supposed to be drinking!

      In other ‘news’ did you get my FB message with a link to various sources of grass fed meat that ships? Just making sure you saw it. :)

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