Little things that make me laugh and smile

I have my days when I need cheering up and its usually after very little sleep.  I can bet I am not the only one?

Most of the time at least one of these things will work:

I personally find the kittens and any animal video makes me laugh, smile, and be happy!  Laughing helps so much! As well as taking deep breaths.  Oh and chocolate! 🙂 

  • Just because—I like to play and have fun with passwords! Thinking up zillions of passwords every time one expires is crazy right?  I like to choose mantra words like Serenity, Peace, Patience.  And make cool sentences.  Every time I log in I will get a little hit of inspiration and makes me smile.  I also have to remember to add #’s and characters and randomly capitalize for safety. I love doing this only cause I have the cool password protection tool called Dashlane that remembers them all for me..otherwise..well you know, I would be lost.
  • Make my living space reflect the real me cause I will be happier 🙂 Letting go of the past. Celebrate who I am right now.  Give away clothes that don’t fit, tossing paperwork that no longer matters. If something isn’t adding beauty to my life right now, I just don’t need to keep it! I found this so very freeing for my heart and soul, and my rooms! lol
  • I stare at kittens!  I get on FB and stare at all those kitten videos again! Looking at animals pictures narrows my focus, allowing me to perform tasks with greater care. Just don’t get caught at work doing it..lol.
  • I try to focus on being less multi-tasked at work and at home. Breaking up my tasks into chunks and doing them in a sequential series kind of way. Like doing all phone calls 1st, then emails, then laundry, etc. Studies show that our productivity goes down by 40% when we multitask. No wonder I am a basket case at times…LOL
  • Share beautiful things. I will jot down nine delightful moments I have noticed today. Three in nature (like those sparkling snowflakes), three in people’s behavior (like a friendly smile), three from pretty much anywhere. Studies show this quick exercise can boost happiness for a full month…And that appreciating beauty provokes positive emotions and may also trigger awe. Use #powerofawe on Instagram to spread the joy!
  • Breathe Happiness. I pay attention to my breath, allowing it to slow me down so I can better focus on the conversations I am having. Or meals I am eating,  or the way I move throughout my day. This helps me avoid racing through the hours on autopilot. And we all have done that, right? When you consider what’s really important to you, you can see how much time you spend worrying about things that are not important.
  • Break into a bar of deep dark 97% chocolate. Yes, really! Oh, I am so very happy now! A nip of it boosts your short-term productivity by 12% according to a study in the Journal of Labor Economics. Chocolate makes people happier and happy people are less distracted by worry, so they do get more done. And who doesn’t want a reason to eat chocolate?
  • I laugh more. Before bed, I write down 3 funny things that happened to me today.  A study in the Journal of Positive Psychology states that when you repeat this for 7 nights in a row, it boosts your happiness for up to six months!  If you can’t think of any that day, then go with other examples that pop into your head.  Doing this may help you focus less on what went wrong and shift your attention to the positive.

One of my favorite things to think about at night is the funny things my kitty-cats or my bunnies do!

My cat Esme always to play every night before sleep! She is so funny, she flips herself off the bed when chasing the yarn we play with! But then she jumps back up on the bed and goes for more. Love her so much!

xoxoxo

~Annette

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