I want to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in these uncertain times. Here is your daily dose of inspiration – because if we set our compass right, we can sail through this!
“People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.” — Marie Kondo
Tip # 22: Dance like no one is watching – just for one song
Decide that you are going to thrive this year. Make that choice. Then take action. A major key to changing how you feel is simply: to decide to feel different (set an intention) and then put it into practice by doing something different (taking action). No matter what your mood is today, find a tiny amount of time (it only needs to be the length of one song) and dance however feels fun. It doesn’t have to look like anything in particular, but it should feel fun!
We can sometimes get caught in habitual ways of thinking, which propel habitual ways of acting – and then we continue to get the same results… It is easy to make excuses: “I would be able to be more energised and happy and motivated if only my circumstances were different”. What if you decide to change the inner world first? If you want to have more fun, laugh more and be more energised – try changing your thoughts and actions first. Become the person you want to be by choice, rather than waiting for things outside you to change.
A tiny dance party will energise you by getting your heart rate up, loosening your body, and encouraging a shift in brain chemistry. If you smile and laugh you will send messages to your nervous system that things are good, you will help lower the stress in your body. Making as simple a choice as dancing for one song will do the powerful work of setting an intention to feel good and taking action in the direction of thriving.
The Joy of Movement, Kelly McGonigal
The bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn’t tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.
Exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, yet many of us feel it’s a chore. But, as Kelly McGonigal reveals, it doesn’t have to be. Movement can and should be a source of joy.