9 Ways to Shake off Negativity and Feel More Positive

Some days are just gloomy. You might wake up thinking, “Today is going to be great!”, but then the clouds start to roll in…and there may not even be rain in the forecast. Most people can function and take control in an obvious crisis. It’s that vague, ominous funk that just seems to drizzle tiny, nagging negative thoughts that can often throw you off course.

If you want to turn your day, week or year around, you are going to need some stimulus to warm your heart and bring in some sunshine. Here are nine ways to get a quick pick-me-up without a ton of effort you can use at home or in the office.

1. Count your blessings.

Everyone has something for which to be thankful. Take five minutes and make a quick list of all the great things in your life. Read through the list a few times and you’ll feel better in no time.

2. Read some of your best work.

Remember that proposal that surprised everyone? Maybe you had a whitepaper that brought in clients by the droves. Grab your best piece of work and review it a few times. It’s a good way to remind you what it’s like to be at your best.

3. Call your best friend.

What I love about calling my closest friends is that somehow they know just what I need when I need it. It might be an “atta-boy,” a “poor baby,” or maybe even a kick in the rear, but somehow they always seem to have the right prescription.

4. Buy yourself something nice.

Yes, I am a strong proponent of unapologetic retail therapy as a viable mood enhancer. It doesn’t have to be something expensive, but go shop and find something that connects with you emotionally.

5. Meet somebody new. 

New people bring possibility and excitement. Make a new connection through LinkedIn or go find someone in another part of the company you have never met. Who knows what you’ll learn, and you might even gain a new friend or mentor.

6. Start a new project.

Nearly everyone has something they have always wanted to do but never found the time. This is as good of time as any. Pick something super interesting to learn and get excited about it. You don’t have to let it completely consume you. Just take a couple of steps to get started.

7. Clean your desk.

There is something renewing in the process of organization. Clutter can be distracting and frustrating. A clean and orderly workspace feels liberating. And the best part is you can enjoy it for days as long as you don’t make a new mess right away.

8. Watch some funny videos.

There is a reason YouTube gets so much traffic. It’s fun. Type in “funny” and do a little surfing. In about 20 minutes, after you have some laughs, you will forget what got you down in the first place.

9. Throw an impromptu mini party.

The benefit of working in an office is having other people around. Who knows, they may be feeling gloomy too. Head to the drugstore and get some streamers and balloons. Add in some cupcakes and celebrate “a very merry unbirthday.” Watch the whole office light up. Just don’t forget the tea.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.