It don’t matter if it’s raining
Nothing can phase me
I make my own sunshine
And if you think you can break me
Baby you’re crazy
I make my own sunshine
–Alyssa Bonagura, “I Make My Own Sunshine”
Here are few ways to make your own sunshine.
1) Get up and move around or go out for a walk. Take the fresh air , look at the green leaves and the beautiful melody of the birds.
2) Reach out to friends. If they’re busy right now, email them or leave them a message on your social platform. Trust me it is a greatest therapy.
3) Cross an item off your “to-do” list. If you can, use the “one-minute rule”: don’t put anything off for longer than one minute. It will save your time to do much activity in your 24 hr day.
4) Lay the groundwork for something fun in the near future. Order a book, plan a getaway. Visit any nearby church or temple function to attend. Plan with your friends for a movie theater. Find out what’s going on in your area. Find out what’s being featured at a local museum or what concerts are coming up at local schools or in your community. It’s important to get out of town every once in a while, or at least to get out of the house.
5) Do a good deed each day, just for love, with no strings attached and no expectation of reward. In fact,do something for your inner soul or happiness without anybody seeing you or telling to anyone.
6) Act happy; smile; It creates a positive vibes around you. Try to make people happy around too.
7) Listen to your favorite music, or watch a comedy or adventure video. You can make some fashion tutorial or any video to YouTube online.
8) Keep a Gratitude Notebook and list the things you are grateful for today. Date your entry. Keep putting entries in the notebook whenever you think of it.
9) Consciously lower the bar for making yourself happy. Instead of vowing that you won’t be happy until you get everything in your life. Some people are happy to know that they are still alive and kicking at the start of each new day.
10) Realize that happiness is something you create while you are on the journey, not something you can only have when you have reached your destination.
11) Forgive yourself and forgive others. There’s no sense in allowing old grudges or memories of past failures to make you miserable.
12) Learn to meditate and write yourself some affirmations. Keep affirmations in the present tense, and keep them short. Post them on your bathroom mirror and say them aloud, with feeling, as you look at yourself in the mirror. Or re-read them to yourself just before you go to sleep each night.
13) Make sure you have something on your personal calendar every day, even if it is only running an errand.
14) Focus on others rather than on yourself.
15) List your achievements and be sure to pat yourself on the back for each one.
16) Develop a hobby, or if you already have one, develop another one.
17) Set some short-term and long-term goals, and be sure to cross them off your list when you have accomplished each one. The Japanese have a great way to do this. They have little round dolls called daruma that come with the eyes blank. When you make a wish or set a goal, you paint in one eye, as in the illustration at left. When your goal is complete, you paint in the other eye. You can find a picture of a daruma by going to Google and typing in that word. Choose an image with blank eyes. Print it out and use black marker to fill in one eye. Write your goal down on that same piece of paper. Then put the paper in a safe place and don’t forget to fill in the other eye when your wish comes true or your goal has been met. Whenever you do meet a goal, celebrate – with others, if possible.
18) Find ways to keep your immediate surroundings calm. This is as simple as cleaning off your desk, sorting your papers, throwing away junk, or putting things away where they belong. For a more long-term solution, you may wish to consider painting a room that you use most often a “happier” shade, or find some artwork that pleases you and hang it in a prominent place in your home.
19) Distance yourself from negative people. You don’t have to allow negative people into your space. If you are forced to work with negative people, learn how to surround yourself with a bubble of light while you’re at work.
20) Stop thinking about and talking about your problems. Remember that life unfolds around you based on what you are focusing on. If you are focusing on your problems, you will end up making yourself needlessly miserable.
Please put your thoughts in the comment section below. I wish you all a happy Christmas and Great weekend ahead