I was recently inspired when I visited my sister in Spain. Her attitude to life is just amazing! She doesn’t let things get her down and makes every day fun. Her favourite phrase is ‘Get your Happy on!’ and here are 5 ways of doing it:
1. Dance! (find a child if no adults are willing to participate – kids love dancing!). It’s hard to be sad when you’re moving around to music.
2. Make yourself a Happy Playlist, mine includes:
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing- Stevie Wonder
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell
Thinking of You – Sister Sledge
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
Kokomo – The Beach Boys
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Love is the Drug – Roxy Music
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Beautiful – Carole King
I Believe in Miracles – The Jackson Sisters
3. Create a ‘musical anchor’. An anchor is something we can use to bring back or evoke a particular mood or feeling. It’s a fabulous technique used in NLP. First pick your happy anchor song. Next, close your eyes and think of a time when you felt really happy, it could be on your last holiday, when you had a great day laughing with friends, remembering a significant even such as the birth of a child, passing your driving test, being in a beautiful place outside… once you have this feeling, turn up the intensity on your mind, really be there – imagine the colours, vivid and bright, hear the noises around you and notice the happy sensation in your body, feeling yourself relax and allow a big smile to come to your face. Let that song be the soundtrack to your happy feeling .. The happy sensation will now be anchored into that particular song and next time you play it you will be taken back there! (Better yet, do this exercise whilst on holiday – there’s nothing like actually being in the experience to create a huge impact).
4. Watch a funny or feel good movie or TV program, some of my favourites are:
Little Miss Sunshine
Silver Linings Playbook
Eat, Pray, Love
The list is endless..
5. Find a happy sidekick(s)– Seek out your most fun friend and go for drinks on the roof, have an impromptu picnic, try on awful clothes in a shop, take it in turns to share most embarrassing stories, have a game of Cards Against Humanity (very happy making).
So give yourself a break for an hour, don’t take life so seriously, nuture your inner child and get your happy on!