Despite popular belief, it is possible to have the best day ever every single day. Achieving such a feat is accomplished by re-evaluating the way you react to your environment and the ways you organize your day. Through these seven methods, you can go to bed each night knowing you have just had the best day ever—and that tomorrow will be the best day ever, too!
1. Place emphasis on your needs and wants.
Helping friends, family, and your community is a great way to achieve a charitable, feel-good conscience, but in order to formulate the best day possible every day of the week, you will have to be relatively liberal in assessing your own needs and wants. What are you looking to achieve today? What would cause you to feel the most accomplished and fulfilled?
Explore the things that make you happy and the things that benefit you long-term. If helping others become happier, healthier, or more accomplished individuals helps you too, great! At first, it may feel unfamiliar to place so much focus on yourself over others, but since you are the one attempting to achieve the best day ever, you will have to give yourself some extra love.
2. Practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing on every moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, it is easy to become caught up in what needs to happen next, what happened yesterday, and how it affects you today and how you can multitask to be as productive as possible right now.
However, refusing to place significant focus on the present moment prevents you from wholly enjoying life as it occurs. Practice mindfulness on a daily basis by regularly accepting your feelings, thoughts, and environment without judgment.
As you eat, pay attention to the colors of your food, the flavors on your tongue, and the nutrients your body will begin to absorb after your meal. Avoid overstimulating yourself during work or family time by putting away your tech devices and fully considering your surroundings, the people you are with, and the task at hand.
In an age when mindfulness has become so vitally important, there are an abundance of apps and websites that can help you practice mindfulness until you are an expert at focusing on the present. Try Mindfulness Bell to help remind you to check in to your emotions and bodily sensations at preset intervals, or Conscious to provide you with one mindfulness exercise daily.
Calm, a mindfulness meditation app, walks beginners through the process of bringing more “clarity, joy, and peace of mind into life, at work or at home,” while Headspace helps strengthen users’ ability to achieve a healthier and happier mind through daily meditation and mindfulness techniques.
3. Identify one thing that excites you each morning.
Every day is a brand new opportunity to accomplish things and experience happiness—get excited about it! When you wake up every morning, try to identify at least one thing about that day that excites you.
It can be big or small. Perhaps you are planning on cooking a delicious meal with your family that evening, or maybe you are launching an experimental marketing campaign for your business. No matter what it is, that one part of your day will motivate you to push through the parts of your day that are a little less than exciting.
4. Take care of your body.
A healthy body and a happy mind go hand-in-hand. It has been proven time and time again that physical exercise can improve long-term memory, sharpen one’s focus, and increase levels of productivity. Sweating on a trail or at the gym can also help to get rid of stress, which makes you a happier—and more outwardly pleasant—person.
Maintaining a balanced diet may strengthen your brain as well. Consuming the necessary nutrients on a daily basis can improve mental development, help to prevent depression and Alzheimer’s, and simply cause one to feel better about his or her body, therefore increasing confidence and boosting productivity. Next time you are feeling a bit foggy or want to ensure you will have a productive day, try going for a jog, hiking with a friend, or even doing a couple of office-friendly exercises behind your desk.
5. Cultivate a growth mindset.
Those who think everything must be perfect are more likely to become discouraged when things... well, are not. Especially when attempting to accomplish something entirely new to you, you should maintain a mindset open to educational failure and change. Remind yourself daily that it is okay to make mistakes, so long as you acknowledge and learn from each mistake before getting up and moving on.
If you struggle to find the positive in a negative situation, try writing down the goal you were working toward, the mistake you made when trying to achieve it, and how the lesson you learned from the mistake could possibly benefit you—or someone you know—in the future. An optimistic eagerness to learn will help you progress personally and professionally far more than a perfectionist attitude.
6. Challenge yourself.
“If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough,” said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current President of Liberia. And she hit the nail on the head: You cannot impress yourself and achieve the best day ever by only doing things that are routine.
Next time you come up with a “crazy” idea, or even one that is just a little bit out of your box, do not automatically shut it out. Consider why it appeals to you, and weigh the risks and benefits. It is healthy to try new things and progress as a person. Remind yourself it is okay to be a little experimental every now and then, even if doing so is challenging—or it freaks you out!
7. Celebrate others and their 'best ever' days.
Put positive energy out into the world, and it will come back to you. By celebrating the efforts and achievements of those around you, you will not only improve your interpersonal relationships, but you will also gradually fortify your own sense of strength and positivity.
Applaud others’ progress without jealousy or reservation. Be honest in your praise, and acknowledge that even small accomplishments in your eyes may be large ones to others. In turn, those around you will be more likely to support your good deeds, encourage the growth and stimulation of your abilities, and celebrate your achievements.
Devising the best day ever is only a matter of optimism, uninterrupted focus, and positive growth. Surrounding yourself with a network of confident, congratulatory people will help you pick up on their positivity and learn from their progress as well.
How have you managed to achieve the best day ever?
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