1. Practice Gratitude.
Take 2 minutes each day to look around and find things to be grateful for. You can do this anywhere. In your car on your commute in, look at the sunrise. Look around at any scenery there is. There's something to be appreciated in each moment. Find it.
2. The 21-day Rule.
We've all heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Practice step 1 for 21 days. Sometimes you have to fake it til you make it. If this is difficult to do at first, start out generic. Maybe say the same general things until you are able to genuinely find things to be grateful for. But remember, you have to really feel these emotions for this to work.
3. Write It Out.
For 2 minutes a day, write about a positive experience you have had in the last 24 hours. Remember that being positive is a frame of mind. It doesn't necessarily have to be the the most ideal situation, but there is a positive spin of your outlook you can put on anything to be able to see a bright side to it.
(Oh yeah, refer back to Item 2.)
4. Lose That "Freshman 15".
Get 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day. If it's just taking some time out of your lunch break to walk up and down the stairs at your job. Or taking the kids out to the playground. Even dancing! You don't have to get on that treadmill. And you don't have to be overweight to get a little more exercise, either.
Sit for 2 minutes a day and pay attention to your breath. This is called mindful breathing. For 2 minutes a day, sit down, relax, and notice small details in your breathing. Watch your chest inflate and fall. Notice the changes as you inhale and exhale. Think, "inhale, exhale." It is calming, energizing, and can help with stress-related illnesses.
When you add all that up, that's not even a half hour out of your day. That's nothing! How much time do we waste on less important things than our health? How much time do we spend actively damaging our own health? Yikes.
Ok, here's something else to think about. Try something for me, since everybody loves a good challenge. Do this:
The 21-Day Challenge
For 21 days, send a text or an email or comment post, whatever, to one person praising them for something. It could just be a quick "Thank you for always being you! XOXO (Witcho consistent ass...)" Whatever it is, pick a new person each day and thank them for something or give them a compliment. Send them positive vibes. Give a random hug. See the profound effect it has on your social circle and your life.
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."