Got a bad grade? Had an embarrassing moment? Got picked on?
It happens. Just take charge and follow some of these ideas to improve your day. It might end wildly better than you could have imagined.
Of the seven ideas that Geoffrey James lists on Inc., I regularly practice #1, 3, 5, and 6. They work! See below.
For the full list, click the link in the title.
1. Remember that the past does not equal the future.
There is no such thing as a “run of bad luck.” The reason people believe such nonsense is that the human brain creates patterns out of random events and remembers the events that fit the pattern.
3. Get a sense of proportion.
Think about the big picture: Unless something life-changing has happened (like the death of a loved one), chances are that in two weeks, you’ll have forgotten completely about whatever it was that has your shorts in a twist today.
5. Improve your body chemistry.
Your body and brain are in a feedback loop: A bad mood makes you tired, which makes your mood worse, and so forth. Interrupt the pattern by getting up and moving around. Take a walk or eat something healthy. Hold a grin while you take a break. Your facial muscles will trigger a release of endorphines and serotonin, which respectively reduce the pain and lift your mood.
6. Focus on what’s going well.
The primary reason you’re convinced it’s a bad day is that you’re focusing on whatever went wrong. However, for everything going badly, there are probably dozens of things going well. Make list, and post it where it’s visible.