7 EXTRA Ways To Be More Cheerful — In Five Minutes Or Less

5 May 2020

7 EXTRA Ways To Be More Cheerful — In Five Minutes Or Less

Sometimes it’s challenging to extract yourself from gloom

Try out these extra 7 tips and you’ll be feeling more cheerful in 5 minutes or less — promise!

7 ways to be more cheerful

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There are heaps of ways to be more cheerful!

There were 7 tips in my previous post

If you haven’t already read that post or listened to the podcast, maybe check them out first — or just carry on and read this one. The choice is always yours. 😊 If you’d rather listen to the podcast I did for this post with Aaron Mooar at Raglan Radio, just scroll to the bottom of the page.

There are another 7 tips in this post

  1. Strike a pose.
  2. Go for a walk — with a difference.
  3. Learn how to anchor yourself to a positive state.
  4. Listen and move.
  5. Have an attitude of gratitude.
  6. And… breathe.
  7. Help out in your own way.
1. Strike a pose
Power pose to be more cheerful

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I doubt you would argue against your mind and body is an integrated system. Your thoughts affect how you feel in your body. So it stands to reason that the system works the other way as well. In other words, if you can move, adapt and change your stance, you experience more expansive thinking. The power pose will help you do this and well as shifting you towards being more cheerful.

How to power pose

Stand up with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Put your hands on your hips, like you mean business. Straighten up and put your shoulders back. Look straight out or slightly up. Notice how you feel now. You could also enhance the feeling of calm and confidence by centring and grounding yourself. See tip # 5 in 7 Super-Easy Tips To Cheer Yourself Up Fast — Using Only Your Body And Mind for how to do this. Once you begin thinking more positive thoughts, it’s easier to think another positive thought, then another.

2. Go for a walk — with a difference

Two elements really make the difference with this tip. The first is that you’re going to really engage with whatever you experience on your walk. In other words, you’re going to pay attention to everything you see as well as what you hear and feel. In some cases, you may experience tastes and smells. Running an internal commentary will stop any negative self-talk and therefore boost the effects of walking.

So you’ll be walking/talking to yourself. It may go something like this: “I can feel the wind on my cheeks, and I can smell the sea air. The look a little choppy today, and the trees are getting blow around… etc.” You can get down to quite granular details. Do this for just five minutes or longer if you have the time. The process jams any negative internal dialogue; you can’t be commenting on your surroundings and beating yourself up at the same time. And while your external focus in on your surroundings you can’t be making negative images inside your mind.

3. Learn how to anchor yourself into a positive state

Anchoring is a naturally occurring phenomenon that’s also called classical conditioning. You might have thought it only applied to the training of animals. Well, we’re a type of animal so we shouldn’t be too surprised that we’ve often been conditioned or programmed to react in certain ways to specific stimuli. Anchors occur in any of your senses. For example, eating popcorn might take you back to the last time you went to the movies. I won’t go into all the details of anchoring in this post, there’s a definition of anchoring. I also have a four-minute audio where I take you through anchoring a state of confidenceand there’s a post called How to Achieve Instant Relaxation. So, go check those out and come back here for the next tip.

4. Listen and move

This involves putting on some upbeat music that you can’t help singing along and dancing to. “But I don’t feel like dancing…” I hear you say. Too bad! If you want to feel more cheerful, get up off your bum, put the music on and crank up the volume! Now, move your body. Come on, dance! And sing. Remember it’s for five minutes or less. You can also anchor the feeling you get from dancing. (see #3)

5. Have an attitude of gratitudemandarin tree that helps me be more cheerful

Instead of focusing on what’s wrong in your life — which causes you to find more things that are wrong in your life, you’re going to start consciously noticing things to be grateful for. They can be small things. For example, in the podcast with Aaron (at the foot of this post) I say how I appreciate the mandarin tree outside my office window. Each day the fruit is slowly turning from green to a mandarin colour.

I was grateful for the rain this morning because the garden needed a good soak. You might be thankful for time spent with your family, that you have a job, for a meal. It doesn’t really matter what you’re grateful for, the idea is that you’re reprogramming your mind to focus on how much there is to be appreciative of. Make a list of 10 things each day. Better still, compile a list in the morning and another before bed. You’ll be better at tackling problems and coming up with good ideas when you’re in a good state. You’ll also be training your mind to look for the magic in life, rather than the misery.

6. And… breathe

You don’t really need to be taught how to breathe — or do you? Failure to breathe properly will cause tension in your body. For example, breathing only from the upper part of your lungs will make you feel more hyped-up, whereas breathing from lower down — or belly breathing — will help you relax. This five-minute breathing exercise will help you balance the sympathetic (think stress) and parasympathetic (think peaceful) nervous systems. At the end of five minutes, you’ll feel relaxed and alert at the same time.

Begin by sitting comfortably with your back straight. Then breathe in deeply to a count of six. (If you can’t do six, do whatever is comfortable). Then breathe out for the same count. The aim is to achieve a gentle sine wave of breathing. Next, imagine that as you breathe in, you’re breathing into your heart, and then breathing out from your heart. The final piece is to imagine that as you breathe into your heart, that you’re breathing in a sense of gratitude, appreciation or love. Continue for 5 minutes and notice how you feel at the end of that time.

The relaxed yet alert state you’ll achieve can last for up to five hours. It’s then much easier to attain a flow state that is so coveted by creatives the world over. Or, you could continue on and start a meditation practice. I must admit to having difficulty in shutting down my thoughts in meditation. However, I have discovered a trick that you might want to try. Ask yourself; ‘I wonder what my next thought will be?’

Crickets, right!?!

You’re welcome 😊 Then just start by meditating for a couple of minutes.

7. Help out in your own way

Practice random acts of kindness. Look around you and notice people who may be struggling, or otherwise in need of a helping hand. What can you do to help? Being kind and helping others will always make you feel better, and more cheerful too. Make some extra food to give to a neighbour. Smile — you never know how much a simple smile might mean to someone. Run an errand. I know you’ll have lots of ideas but if you need more, have a look here.

Podcast of these tips

Below is the podcast I did with Aaron Mooar on Raglan Radio outlining these 7 Extra Ways To Be More Cheerful — In 5 Minutes Or Less. Here’s the link to the free eBook How To Know What to Do When You’re Feeling Lost. (No sign-up required)

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Summary of tips for being more cheerful

  1. Strike a pose.
  2. Go for a walk — with a difference.
  3. Learn how to anchor yourself to a positive state.
  4. Listen and move.
  5. Have an attitude of gratitude.
  6. And… breathe.
  7. Help out in your own way.

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