The power that we have to control our day is very underestimated. Just the other day I rolled over when my alarm went off and gave a grumpy grunt then said "don't make me get out of bedddd". Ryan looked at me and saw my emotionless face and said "put a smile on that face, Nik". I felt annoyed that he said that, all I wanted was 5 more hours of sleep! Shortly after I shook off my pride and put that smile on my face laying in bed... painfully at first... but it slowly became natural. I started to notice everything was looking up... the lady at Starbucks was genuinely happy to see me, everyone I was with was so enjoyable to be around and the 110 degree Dallas summer did not seem that hot. Wait, ok now I'm you know I'm overexerting... but no really, that day was pretty golden. :) That fake-it-till-you-make-it smile made me focus on the positives rather than the negatives.
This Ted Talk is everything! Please take the 12 minutes out of your night to watch this.
This part of the talk is SO powerful. We get so caught up trying to hit our societies goals that we have slowly made happiness something that is becoming impossible to obtain. With social media at our fingertips this "keeping up with the Jones" mentality just keeps growing.
How do we find our personal happiness? We need to reverse what our society believes happiness is- which is "If I work harder I will be happier". We need to make conscious effort to re-wire our brains to to be grateful for the little things in life and to acknowledge our small victories. When we are positive everything in our capability rises.
Its so easy to look at people and in our head think..."If I had her house I would be happy... or if I had her body I would be happy". Recently I have seen a change of mindset where I'm no longer wanting THINGS others have. The people who I'm noticing and I'm admiring the most are people who are genuinely happy. I do believe I am a naturally positive person... But let's get REALLL.. life is HARD! I have gone through trials and I know the older I get the more trials and struggles are to come.
If there is a study out there that has made people happier, why have I not participated? If we have the capability to change my happiness level why have I not done this yet?
I have watch this Ted talk a handful of times and yet have challenged myself to committing to writing down 3 things I'm grateful for everyday. I'm pretty embarrassed but mostly disappointed in myself that I'm just now committing to doing this. So heres to holding myself accountable... I know how easily I can prioritize other things ( like.. 5 more minutes or hours of sleep;). Anyone with me?!
BEING POSITIVE IN THE PRESENT IS THE GOAL.
I uploaded our print above as digital copy and made it my screensaver to help remind myself of the control I have on my day. I'm in charge of finding my life and I choose happiness.
This print is available in our shop for $8. Join me in this 21 challenge and report back... or just download it for positive reminder... either way you rule!