Ups and downs are a part of life. So when you find yourself in the down, get up.
Deborah Ann Davis is an award-winning author, parenting skills coach, and former teacher. Oh, and she wrote the book “How to Get Your Happy On”. Overachiever… Pfft.
She’s got a few tips on how we can get our happy back.
Tip #1: Take care of your body
Eat healthily, stay active every day, and drink water. Every pro-choice we make for our bodies have an automatic mini power boost associated with it.
Crack Wise-dom: We put the lotion on our body or else we get the hose again…
Tip #2: Count your blessings
List 3 good things about you, your day, your surroundings, your family, your job, etc. Take note of the good in the people and things around you. Be thankful for every detail.
Crack Wise-dom: 1. We didn’t eat all the Oreos. 2. We walked from the kitchen to the couch several times today. 3. We didn’t doomscroll for an hour.
Tip #3: Do something for someone else
Any kindness is important, even something as seemingly insignificant as smiling at a person or even simply saying hello.
Crack Wise-dom: We didn’t tell our incompetent Uncle Larry to “f*ck off”, so… win!
Tip #4: Volunteer and/or donate
Find something that you enjoy (a passion or hobby) and turn it into something you can do to benefit others, such as delving meals to those in need, volunteering at an animal shelter or donating to your local hospital, elderly center, schools or homeless shelters.
Crack Wise-dom: Crack Wise staffer Eric “shakes hands with the unemployed” every day. We caught him on a Zoom meeting…
Tip #5: Stay in the Moment
Instead of worrying about the future, or obsessing over something in the past, focus on what you can do today, what you can enjoy today, or what you can listen to today. Center yourself. Meditate. Do a hobby or a puzzle. Spend time with your family. Whatever it be, focus on that moment.
Crack Wise-dom: We’re pros at this. Because we’re unmotivated to plan for the future.
The cracked Crack Wise Staff-- warriors of the Funformation Movement.