We often find ourselves caught up to our necks in work. We get anxious to complete things and compete against deadlines, and life seems like a monotonous one-way street. There is one way to stop visualizing a gloomy week and get back your inner peace that helps to calm the storms outside – going on a vacation, a mental vacation, to your happy place.
Make a list of things that make you happy, a list of simple things that make you peaceful and happy when you think about them. These aren’t things that you wish you had because you think they’ll make you happy. These are small things that have given you peace and smiles before, or things that have always made you smile. I find it rather useful to tap into my childhood memories for this, because there are certain things that made us smile in our child-like innocence that still make us smile today. Remember, no one but you will be seeing or knowing the things in your list (unless you share them, of course), so you can freely write any tiny blurb you wish to. Even a word or two will fit the bill.
It helps to make this list when you are in a fairly good mood already, because when you aren’t, your thoughts keep circling around issues and it’s hard to come up with truly delightful reminders, things that don’t have any negative connotations. The list tries to reverse that. It helps you visualize some evergreen sources of happiness to restore your patience, calm, hope and confidence during hectic times. It doesn’t make our circumstances change, but it makes our attitudes towards our circumstances change by conjuring up images of beautiful things in our world. It’s definitely worked for me! The inhabitants of my happy place include: colours, cute dogs, stories, sunshine, pizza for one etc. 🙂
Do you have any ideas on how to improve the ‘happy place’ list? Or do you have another way of making yourself smile? I’d love to know what you think! 🙂
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