Being happy is a choice and when you show positive vibes, you teach your children to do the same.
Everyone knows that one person who just doesn’t seem to ever let anything get them down. Their car doesn’t start? It’s a beautiful day to walk anyway. Their toddler colored the living room wall? It’s a beautiful expression of their child’s creativity. Their constant positivity frustrates you and makes you wonder, are they actually that happy all the time?
According to current research, the answer is yes. Many of our emotional responses to the world around us, whether we’d like to admit to it or not, are a choice. We choose to get angry at the person who cut us off on the highway or frustrated with our spouse when they finish the coffee, the same way we choose to be pleasant with the cashier when the store is busy or kind to our waitress when the kitchen is backed up. These instances may immediately elicit certain feelings, but we choose our reaction.
The same rules apply when it comes to being happy. From the minute our alarm goes off, we have the opportunity to choose to be happy, and that choice is far more powerful than we give it credit for. Think of a morning where you woke up, feeling like you could conquer the world. That turned out to be a fantastic day didn’t it? You made a commitment to feeling good that day, and you were most likely friendlier, more productive and more energetic because of it. Now try applying it to the rest of your day. Finding a reason to smile will change everything! Need a jump start? Try some of these tricks:
Smile at someone.
When you’re walking through the office or out to your car, make it a point to smile at the people you pass. Smiling is contagious.
Find a happy song.
Music is so powerful. Find an artist that puts a wiggle in your hips and a smile on your lips! Pandora.com has all kinds of preset stations to get you started.
Have a snack.
By no means am I telling you to eat your way to happiness, but according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you’re not going to get anywhere if you’re hungry! Choose a snack with a healthy base or something with energy and stay away from the sugars.
Change your wallpaper.
Looking at a screen all day? Make your wall paper a family photo from a favorite vacation or a picture of your child being extra awesome.
Add some color.
Bright colors are known to elevate our moods. Liven up your nail color or treat yourself to a new neon travel mug!
Finding things that we are thankful for, no matter how minute they may seem, helps us be mindful, and mindfulness can lead to happiness.
You don’t need a gym membership or loads of time to start releasing endorphins. Playing outside with your child isn’t only good for your body, it’s good for your soul! You can also take a walk during lunch, the exercise you do doesn’t need to be vigorous.
Making the decision to be a happier person will benefit you and your family in so many ways! You’ll feel better and everyone around you will notice it, and begin to be happier too.
At Apple Montessori Schools we nurture the emotional growth of our students each and every day. Part of how we do this is by creating a warm and loving environment for our students and our staff. You can see this at any one of our 15 locations across New Jersey. To learn more about Apple Montessori Schools or schedule a tour, please visit us online at www.AppleMontessoriSchools.com or by phone at 973-283-6400.
-Guest Blogger: Jennifer Pogorelec