Get Happy in 10 Minutes or Less

 

You’re feeling like shit. You need a solution. We’ll skip the small talk- here are three ways to get happy right now:

  1. Plan something

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Give yourself something to look forward to, or a goal to work towards. Buy a plane ticket somewhere for 4 months from now- doesn’t need to be extravagant, just a weekend trip will do. Sign up for a half marathon/10k/5k and plan out your training. Reach out to a friend and plan on grabbing pizza at that new place with the cute patio. Put the date in your calendar and BOOM: you’ve got yourself a little bright spot in your future. Let me know when you’ve done this- better yet, include me in your plans. I’ll totally go to yoga with you next week (or Iceland next August?).

  1. Help someone

i enjoy giving things

Want to feel good about yourself? Donate to a good cause. You’ve immediately become part of the solution! You seem like you care about things! This is a great place to start.

Need suggestions for your donation? Here are a few of my favorites:

The Barking Lot (or choose your local animal rescue!) http://www.thebarkinglot.net/donate

Planned Parenthood: https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?df_id=12913&12913.donation=form1

NPR (find your local station and donate): http://www.npr.org/stations/

International Rescue Committee (for Syrian Refugees): http://www.rescue.org/here-for-humanity-2015

 

Another thing worth noting: You can always check the legitimacy of the charity you’re donating to here:https://www.charitywatch.org/home

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Like I said… verify the legitimacy of your charity.
  1. Go outside and breathe deeply

This sounds like a no-brainer, but take a quick break from whatever you’re doing to walk around, check in with your breath, and maybe get a little bit of sunshine (depending on where you are in the world… if it’s too cold, just walk around inside or stretch!). Bonus points if you do a few jumping jacks- take care of that body!

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Stuck at your computer? Just stand up, look at this, and breathe.

Here are some suggestions for that whole breathing thing:

Square Breathing:

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Lion’s Breath (I love this video):

How I feel when I do Lion’s Breath:

lions breath

 

How I look when I do Lion’s Breath:

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Or just look at this thing:

breathing earth

 

 

Did this help? Do you feel a little less shitty? Let me know!

 

 

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