You’ve probably heard the quote from John Lennon that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
1. Dance. Pick a song. Any song. Well, any fast paced song. And dance to it. The whole way through. Do the funniest reggae dance, or house-party dance or chubby-checker-and-the-twist dance, or whatever you can manage dance. Get your body moving and commit to finishing the song so you’ll know you’re in it for at least a few minutes. Do it in your room, in the bathroom on your break, in the closet while you’re picking out your clothes for today or tomorrow. Dance for 5 minutes. It will get your heart rate up, it will lift your mood and the more you dance, the more limber your body gets as your muscles start doing things they haven’t done in a long time – over time, you’ll start dancing better too.
2. Eat a salad. Not a Cobb salad with extra boiled eggs and bacon and half a cup of ranch dressing. Not a Caesar salad, extra Parmesan, light on the romaine lettuce, heavy on the anchovies. And not that “cocoa is a plant and chocolate comes from cocoa so chocolate is basically a salad” nonsense either. Just salad. Just green and red and orange and yellow and purple vegetables. Cut them up, put them in a bowl, spritz a little vinaigrette if you must, and eat it. One salad, once a day. And you don’t have to worry about it again until tomorrow.
3. Thank someone. Take a sheet of paper, or one of those pretty cards you’ve had in your desk for eons, and think about someone who is celebrating something, or someone who did something nice for you that you could thank, or someone you’d like to encourage. And write a few sentences that say what you’re thinking. Put the note in an envelope, put a stamp on it, drop it in the mailbox. Done. You never know how you could change someone’s life.
4. Read a book. Choose a book. Any book. Even Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. Any book! I make some book recommendations here but choose a book that interests you. Fiction. Non-Fiction. Religion. Art. History. Fitness. Doesn’t mater. Choose a book. Read a page. Then another. Read at least 5 pages before you stop. Then see how you feel. Are you inspired to continue? Do you want to choose another book instead? Reading has lots of benefits. Some of the benefits listed here include stress reduction, vocabulary expansion, disease prevention … Yeah, seriously
5. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for. Think about your day. Thank God for taking you this far through the day and write down 3 specific things you’re happy went the way they did.
Now those weren’t hard, right? Do you think you could do them again tomorrow?