Today’s happiness practice is designed to inspire you to take control over your everyday experience and rise above a crappy mood, a bad day, or murphy’s law moment.
The Mood Shifter
You can’t choose your circumstances, but you can choose how you respond to them. In that choice is a power over your life so strong that it will have you feeling like superman.
If you get a parking ticket because you forgot to turn your freaking wheels on a hill (like I did the other day), you can’t change it. But you can choose, like I did after cursing about 12 times, not to stew in anger. You can choose not to fall into a pit of self-criticism. You can refuse to let it impact your mood or the mood of your family.
You can’t change your crappy day, but you can change your mood. You can’t change your emotional triggers, or the tiny time bombs from your past that will keep upsetting you for no apparent reason. But you have a choice in how you are going to respond to your emotions when they happen.
Next time you get pulled into yuckiness, say to yourself “I have a choice.” Then DECIDE how you want to feel in that moment. Get strategic about it. If you are angry, calm yourself. If you are emotional, soothe and comfort yourself.
Choose how you want to respond when your boss or partner criticizes you. Choose how you want to respond when your credit card gets stolen, your daughter throws a tantrum, or the car dealership keeps your car an extra day. Choose something. Don’t let your autopilot reactions drive your experience.
Choice isn’t always easy. Sometimes you will feel like you’re swimming upstream. But you can do it. You can stop letting your circumstances dictate your life. Step up and claim your power over your experience and enjoy MORE of your life.
“I have a choice.”