You are driving on a small two-way street next to the lake. A car coming in the opposite direction passes by you. A dog sits in the front passenger seat with his head hanging out the window, ears flapping in the wind, a huge grin on his face.
There is joy and excitement coming from that dog in every way; from the way he eagerly puts his head as far out as possible, to the open mouthed, tongue out, ears flapping-face, he presents to every passerby.
He has no idea where they are going but he is excited and eager to be on an adventure; positive it is going to be a fabulous time.
What if YOU could start every day like that dog- eager, excited and full of anticipation for what is to come? We don’t know what the day will bring but it COULD be the best day of our lives. So often we dread the day. We talk about needing coffee to get through it. On Sunday nights we moan about how bummed we are it will be Monday the next day. We dread the “to –do” lists we have and remember the negatives, convinced they will happen again.
What if we could start our days with anticipation? What if we hopped in our cars and drove off to our grand adventures, not sure of what is to come, who we will meet, or how we will respond, but knowing ( like that dog) that whatever the day brings it is going to be a fabulous time?
Positive psychology has become mainstream in the last 10 years. We hear a lot about the importance of gratitude. The science has found that gratitude can improve our happiness pretty dramatically.
The experts recommend that at the end of each day we write down 3 to 5 things we are grateful for; things that happened that day or just in general.
This gratitude practice helps to ground us to the present, makes us realize the good things we DO have in our lives, and keeps us focused on the positive rather than the negative.
I propose a second daily practice to increase your happiness levels even more. Start your day with eagerness, anticipation and joy.
The 2 tips for making every day better:
1. Look forward to a great day. Anticipate grand adventures. Know that you cannot control how the day will go, but you can have faith that whatever happens, it’s going to be great!
2. End your day with gratitude. Write down 3 to 5 things every night that you are grateful for in your life right now.
The 2 step process of anticipation and gratitude, if practiced daily, will expand your happiness. Why not try it for the next 3 days and see what happens? Then leave me a comment or visit the Facebook Page Healthy Living is Fun and post about it. Let me know. I am eager to hear how it goes for you