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How To Wake Up With A Smile On Your Face

    hartman personality profile, human interest, positive environment, fun video, on your, wake up, positive attitude, shower doors, face, psychotherapy, actions, positive, life, wake, smile, start Today started with a fun video from YouTube that may get you smiling.  You and about six million other people so far.

It worked.  It reminds us of moments in life when we moved without hesitation out of bed.  Hopped in the shower. Let a few songs echo off the shower door.  And got the day started with a positive attitude.

And if we could manufacture more moments like those.  Or download one or two off Apple’s new App Store.  A great use for those iTunes cards we all got from family over the holidays.

Moments when the head wasn’t filled with reminders of:

  • mistakes made
  • missed opportunities
  • dumb things said
  • or the soup of all these things clogging a natural flow

I wish we all had more days like Jessica where we energetically lift ourselves up.  And a positive attitude drips from our chin.  But we’re not four years old.  And we are living with real memories of our imperfect moments and experiences.

So if you hate your job, are struggling to find a new one or are not living out the life you planned many years ago . . .

. . . how do you create a more positive environment in/around your life?

After watching that video this morning, I came up with 10 ways to create a positive attitude:

Move

Take a walk to start your day.  A brisk pace.  Deep breaths.  Renew that gym membership to get your day started early and get with upbeat people.

Talk to yourself

Is it weird to talk to yourself in the mirror?  I don’t think so.  If you see yourself smiling, will that help? Probably.

Dwell on the positive

You have a choice each and every day.  So start paying attention to the stories playing in your head.  And choose to push the negative away.  Making room for new more positive thoughts.

Focus on people

We get energy from others.  Especially those around who make us feel good, challenged or loved.  And also those who are supportive of and aware of our goals in life.  Who keep us accountable along the way.

Be thankful for what you have

It’s is easy to pay attention to the sorry side of life.  These attract attention and empathy from others.  But your focus on the great things you enjoy is time better spent.  Be grateful for your health, family, ideas, loves, and unique traits.  Create a list and post it somewhere obvious.

Take action on something important

Stop longing for something better and go make it happen.  Take steps toward doing something that matters to you.  Start a blog, create a Meet-Up group, take that acting class.  Respect your ideas by acting on them and you’ll feel a difference.

Get a new perspective

Talk to new people, join a new group or find a new place to drink your morning coffee.  Or find a different friend to share your dreams and struggles with – your positive attitude may come from a change in venue.

Smile

A smile out typically gets one back.  Force one on your face as the alarm clock goes off to get things started.  Keep producing them throughout the morning and, before you know it, the smile becomes viral.  One foot in front of the other . . .

Turn up the dimmer switch

Near the beginning of a big moment (interview, date, meeting, presentation) when you normally start to worry or wonder if you are ready. Reach down to your hip and grab hold of your body’s dimmer switch.  And slide it up.  Feel the warm buzz of energy.

Be yourself

On a daily basis, work to act your part. Be kind if that’s a big part of you. Be supportive if helping others succeed makes you feel good.  Be true to the parts of your personality that make your personal brand unique.

And if you do these things during the day, the day that follows is more likely to start just a little bit brighter.

What about you? Is this realistic?  What have you tried to shift toward a more positive attitude?

Impossible you say? Why?

Tim Tyrell-Smith is the creator of Tim’s Strategy. As a blogger, Tim has been a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report, interviewed twice on NPR and is the author of two career books (“30 Ideas” and “HeadStrong”). Become a fan at http://facebook.com/TimsStrategy and follow on Twitter (@TimsStrategy). He lives with his wife and three kids in Mission Viejo, California.

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  • Molly

    Jessica starts her day by affirming herself in the mirror, a simple tool we all have and use, usually to pick out flaws in ourselves. Self-affirmation and self-esteem start here when you look back to yourself. You rarely see what others see. It’s like the pimple only you see until you pick at it so much, it glows. You pick yourself apart and magnify faults and what-if’s, resentments and failures, fantasies and disappointments.

    Children haven’t been taught life lessons of self-destruction. Our world has taught us to fantasize: never too rich or too thin. Take a pill. Feel better. Take advantage of others because they’ll take advantage of you.

    Get real, everyone. It’s taken me a long time to realize exactly what reality is: great! Despite the bad things we all have to deal with. Grateful to be alive to feel the ups and the downs. Great to be free of the burden of self-pity, feeling less than, ready to relinquish control to others or control others. We are blessed with the ability to control ourselves and our responses and reactions. Let’s reteach and rethink ourselves. Take a chance and cautiously open yourself to others and learn to trust and be trusted. Smile. Sing. Laugh.

    • http://timsstrategy.com/ TimsStrategy

      Thanks for this Molly. You have the spirit! While we can’t control everything in life, we can decide how to view the good and bad in our lives. And we all have a little of both for sure!

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  • Steven Pofcher

    It is true, if you place a smile on your face, you will become happy.
    BTW – Love the video and have re-posted.
    Thanks,

    • http://timsstrategy.com/ TimsStrategy

      Thanks Steven. Appreciate your sharing. Hard not to smile after watching this one. :-)

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  • http://www.cynergygroup.org Cynthia Goldbarg

    Life is full of little miracles… a new baby… a friendship caught fire that transforms into budding love… the smile of children that just don’t know how how to be, other than authentically happy to be alive… Sometimes it is hard to wake up with a smile on your face, but I agree with Tim, when you do: it infects you entire day (and others around you!).

    I don’t enjoy the heat and I prefer winter to summer, but I am sun-centric (even one minute under the sunlight makes me feel energized and happier) so I always think about the sun: it comes up every morning to gift us with the most amazing sunrises, even while most of the world is too asleep to notice its efforts. So, even on those days when it hides behind thick clouds, I remind myself: we might not see it, but it is out there.

    (Funny thing… I am writing this on a dark gray, cloudy day and the sun just came out a minute ago!!! Talk about the power of positive thinking!!!)

    • http://timsstrategy.com/ TimsStrategy

      Hi Cynthia – Yes, finding something positive to think about can help bring the smile on days when they are hard to come by . . . and I like your idea of getting out int he sun. :-)

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  • Jorge

    Awesome!


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