Here’s a little food for thought:
“We scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.” -Martin Seligman, from his book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
I ran across that quote in my newest Guideposts magazine last night, and it struck me. Yes! It really is that easy to reroute our day and at least temporarily lift us from our gloom.
We exercise our bodies, we take our negative thoughts captive, and sometimes we still feel like we’re having a crappy day. (I asked the online thesaurus to find me a more appropriate word for crappy, but all it came up with was lousy, junky, sub-par and inferior. Sorry folks, sometimes crappy just fits the bill.)
On those days, turn to kindness. You’ll change someone else’s day, but you’ll also change your own.