Life: Rules to live by

happybookI recently finished Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and I’ve been religiously writing in my daily journal for 2 months now. Recently, I noticed that I kept writing that I felt like I was in a funk. Not a goal funk, but a mood funk. If anything, my goals and activities were through the roof and I was highly productive in both work and personal time. I was doing everything I always did, but I just didn’t feel right.

This weekend was the icing on the cake though when I found myself irrationally angry. I had noticed those feelings of anger creeping up on me, especially over the little things, and I didn’t like it. I always joke that because I’m an Aries, it’s in my nature to be stubborn and hot-headed, but that’s not me all the time.

So I had a good long think about it yesterday and everything I normally do to pull myself out of a funk, I was already doing. Everything I usually do to find zen was already a part of my daily routine. And then, I figured it out. It was so simple, well…sort of. The verdict?

I wasn’t smiling. I wasn’t emanating positivity. Instead, I was focused on things I felt like I needed to fix.

So yesterday, I made a conscious effort to smile (just because) and last night in my journal, I picked out a few positive things that happened throughout the day, even though they were small victories. I also sat down to think of my own personal commandments, like Gretchen often refers to in her book.

I had previously started this and mentioned a few in another post, but I added 4 more to the list yesterday. Here are my core 7 rules to live by:

  1. Be thankful for all the good in your life.
  2. It’s ok to be me & no one else.
  3. There is no rush. Live in the now.
  4. Let it roll off your back.
  5. Be polite – you’ll get further.
  6. Smile often.
  7. Do something nice for someone else, every day.

#4 and #5 have been huge for me lately and I think #6 and #7 will only help further boost my mood and positive energy.

Upwards & onwards, friends.


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