5 tips to get back to cheerful mode

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:05 AM IST
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Sometimes you have to make an effort to get back to cheerful mode. Here are some tips:

Watch your thoughts. Imagine they are being displayed on one of the electronic scroll screens. Just watch them go by. Don’t judge them, don’t tell yourself you shouldn’t be thinking about this or that or don’t get frustrated. Just watch. You’ll probably observe the same thoughts repeating themselves, like a broken record. If you watch your thoughts this way long and often enough, you’ll notice the repetitive thoughts dropping off on their own, one by one, because you’re not acting on them. You’re just observing them.

Be thankful. Get a notebook and a pen, and write down all the good things that you have. Every time you are feeling negative, read through them and remind yourself that it’s not all bad.

Forgive. It is a good practice to forgive those who have hurt you in the past. Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed and concentrate on the people you want to forgive. Imagine you are sitting in a circle with those who have done you harm. See their faces in your mind and take turns concentrating on each one of them individually. When you really feel  connected to one of them, say out loud, “I forgive you.” Ideally this routine is ended by forgiving yourself for things in your life that you regret or cannot control.

If you want to feel happy and cheerful, force yourself to smile. Hold  that expression for 10 seconds. Repeat as needed. It’s almost like engaging the “smile muscles” which activate the “happy section” of your brain associated with smiling.

Sing and dance. If you don’t know the words to a song, look up the lyrics and  read them as you sing, or make up your own lyrics as you go along (they don’t have to make sense!). Do the robot, the chicken dance, the moonwalk, or the macarena. The key is to let loose, the wackier, the better. Even if you feel awful, just pretend you’re an obnoxiously happy person and you’ll improve your mood by several notches.  Take a power nap. Once you get up, take a shower or at least wash your face. Do whatever you can to make it feel like a fresh start.

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