by Wendy Keller
Sometimes, when we’re mired in the problems of life, it gets easy to see only the things that are dark, sad or bad. These three tips are true, time-tested techniques to give yourself some extra joy, peace, love and happiness this weekend. Try it! What have you got to lose?
1. Set aside time to do one thing you really, truly, deeply love. It might be reading a book in a hammock, or pushing your kid on a swing. No matter how many things you must get done this weekend, make a date with yourself to do the one thing you really most want to do.
2. Pretend to forgive and let go of control. If you’ve got a teenager or an ornery adult living with you, chances are some grudges have built up. Whether or not the person has apologized and changed their ways, for the next 48 hours, PRETEND that they did. Act as if they’ve never done a single thing to hurt, annoy, pester or alarm you. Just for pretend. If they add to their list of wrongs, ignore it as if it didn’t even happen. Pretend you are the happiest, most serene person on the planet. Heck, being angry and pissed off hasn’t worked, and if insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, there’s no harm in pretending you are totally fine. It’s not a lie, it’s an act. Observe how your performance affects theirs. Stay “in character” all weekend. Watch how they squirm!
3. Get out in nature. No matter where you live, there’s a tree somewhere, a flower, a blade of grass. Maybe you have to drive or bike or walk a ways, but do it. Get outside. It’s summer! Force yourself to get out. Nature soothes the soul, replenishes our inner strength and helps us see the world from outside our own tangled minds and emotions. Commit to spending at least a half hour this weekend just appreciating nature around you.
Apply these three easy, free tips to your weekend and come back to tell us your results!
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