Thursday, January 22, 2009

Being in Sorts

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abe Lincoln

Feeling a little 'off' these days. Must admit I am.

Some may say that's my natural state. No problem, then. Ya ya.

Not so sure about happy, as good Abe wrote. Flip side of 'happy' is unhappy.

Attitude is always a challenge, and a choice.

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Here's 25 tips to quiet the mind. The source of 'sorts'. Be it, in or out of them.

1) Go to the gym and exercise: it cleans your head out!

2) Step away from the big picture and ask yourself, what's the next right thing I can do now? Go do it. Repeat this process until good spirits return.

3) Do some charitable service work, and help someone else out. Sometimes this reminds us
others have it worse and we have a lot to be grateful for.

4) Write out a list of 10 things that you are grateful for…

5) Go for a walk and notice everything as if it were the first time you saw it.

6) Get out of the city/town/office/your house and spend sometime outdoors.

7) Have coffee with a friend who you haven't seen in a while.

8) Spend some quality time with your loved ones and family members.

9) Plan a vacation!

10) Watch the sun rise or set. It's hard not to see the beauty there!

11) Watch a movie. That's an instant two hour form of captivated attention that will take your mind off things.

12) Eat a good meal deliberately. Take in the whole experience - appearance, taste, company.

13) If you are spiritually or religiously inclined, meditation and/or prayer can calm the mind.
14) Meet new friends. One of the best ways to renew how we think about ourselves is to have a brand new chance to make a different first impression.

15) Read more, especially good fiction. There is nothing better than a well-written story to get your creative juices going.

16) Be more available for last minute meet ups with colleagues, friends, and peers. Sometimes the best events are unplanned.

17) Write down your ideas. Put pen and paper in easy-to-reach places. You might be pleasantly surprised at the number that has potential.

18) Think positive! Use this as your new mantra: "Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something."

19) Ask for help. You'll be amazed at how a collaborative effort energizes you.

20) Slow down. Sometimes we miss all the good stuff that happens in between point A and point B.

21) Discover classical music. Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Chopin tell amazing stories with their body of work.

22) Take an improv class. Learning a new skill that can help you in presentations and public speaking will increase your confidence.

23) Listen more, speak less. It will help you learn to appreciate others in whole new ways.

24) Teach a class at the local community college/school/library. Sharing knowledge is very satisfying.

25) Sing along while you drive.

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