Be Happier in Five Minutes

original artwork (c) Jessica Lemmon 2019

original artwork (c) Jessica Lemmon 2019

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
— Jim Rohn

Here’s some food for thought today! Look around. Are the people surrounding you a good representation of who you want to be in life? Are they kind, good-hearted, generous, happy (fill in the blank)? You have the power to drastically change your circumstances and surroundings at any time you choose.

Most of us walk around believing that our circumstances are in control of us. That if we wake in the morning grouchy we are resigned to staying that way all day.

Not true.

Really. It’s not true. If you’re feeling crabby right now you can change it in 5 minutes or less. If you’re willing to do that, keep reading below…

Be Happier in 5 Minutes

(1) Play your favorite song. Music has the power to change a mood. The song that always makes me happy is actually called “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

(2) Smile. Grab a mirror and give yourself a genuine smile. Or a silly one. Even a stupid one. Hold it for 60 seconds and you’ll feel that happiness become contagious. A doctor once did an experiment on clinically depressed people, and the only change they made was smiling at themselves in the mirror for several minutes a day. Guess what happened other than them developing smile lines and crow’s feet around their eyes? Not a single one of them could stay depressed.

(3) Read affirmations. If you’ve never written an affirmation, the formula goes like this: “I am so happy and grateful now that I am [verbing] _______.” One of mine when I traveled to California was “I am so happy and grateful now that I am enjoying the thrill of flying.” It worked. I wasn’t afraid to fly thanks to that affirmation. It’s important to keep the verb in the present (using “ing”) so that your mind understands that the happiness is happening right now, not in the future.

Now go forth!
And be a happy human.