Are You Letting Small Things Steal Your Joy? 4


are you letting small things steal your joy

This is a guest post by Randy McLean.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

If we are not careful it can be really easy to let small things in life steal our joy.  It could be a person, a particular circumstance, or just a feeling that “everything is against us”.

While it sometimes may appear that way, in reality it’s not true at all.  It is kind of like a snowball effect.

We let one little thing get to us and that sets the course for our entire day.  When this happens, it is hard to see the good in things and this robs us of our joy.

Here are 5 practical tips you can use that will make an apparently bad day go much smoother:

1.  Be a Victor Not a Victim

Since we are largely creatures of emotion, it can be really easy to feel discouraged.  It can even get to the point where we start feeling sorry for ourselves.

If we aren’t careful we will have this proverbial dark cloud hanging around us.  We might not be able to see it but others will.

Yes, we all have times when life will temporarily get the best of us but for the most part we should try our best to keep a positive attitude.  Look for the good in things and be calm.

Most battles are won and lost in our minds.  Therefore having the right attitude will go a long way when it comes to experiencing joy.

2.  Let It Go

When something small happens to us you really have two options.  You can become really frustrated and irritated or you can just let it go and move on.

I used to be really bad for letting little things get to me.  Now, most of the time I just take a deep breath, let it go and even sometimes laugh about it.

Einstein says that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Yet, how many times do we do this when something small happens to us?

3.  Avoid Making Mountains Out of Molehills

If we are tired or cranky, sometimes the smallest thing can seem like it’s the end of the world.  But the sun will still rise tomorrow.

Often, when something has happened to me I’ll relate the experience to someone else.  And most of the time they will tell me it happens to them too.

In a way, that gives me reassurance that it’s normal and that the world isn’t out to get me.  Getting uptight about it will not help solve the problem; it will only make it worse.

4.  Don’t Let Others Steal Your Joy

There is a saying that misery loves company.  If someone else is having a bad day (or perhaps they have a bad attitude in general) they will try and rain on your parade.

If you let them suck you into their game they have won.  However, if you take the high road and make a decision not to let someone steal your joy you have won.

I am not going to lie.  This can be a very difficult thing to do and it does take discipline but practice makes perfect!

5.  Take A Break!

If possible, it helps to just get away for a few minutes to relax and do something you find enjoyable.  It could be having a delicious snack, reading an uplifting article or talking to a positive person.

I find this really helps to calm me down and put things into perspective.  Once I have had a breather I feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.

It really isn’t profitable to let the little things in life steal our joy.  If you can master that principle you will find that each day will go that much smoother for you.

The quality of your life will increase and you will become a much happier person.  Others will want to be around you because you will appear much more like a fun person.

Life can be hard or it can be easy.  You can make it much easier by not letting little things steal your joy!

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Want more? Try reading the following:

How to Make Yourself Happy: Prove That You Aren’t

5 Things My Papaw-My Hero Taught Me Before He Died

3 Ways Doing What Makes You Happy Improves You

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*Randy McLean is the sole creator of Self Improvement Journey.  He has a passion for health and fitness, self improvement and entrepreneurship.  His hobbies include his wife, music, books, surfing the internet, watching movies and playing video games.  Machine operator by day and entrepreneur by night, Randy is quietly building his part-time fortune in order to escape the rat race and live life on his own terms.  You can read more positive, uplifting posts at: http://www.SelfImprovementJourney.com.

  • I thought this was an excellent post Randy. It highlights the fact that we do have more control over our daily experience than we might realize. I think your best point was to not feel like a victim.

    The other day when I was out and about I ran across some really cranky people. I felt myself starting to feel down but I immediately reversed it.

    It’s goofy but I pictured my inner-self as being this radiant form of energy that could only be touched by me. I let the remarks roll off my back and continues on with my cheery day.

    Best,
    TJ

    • Awesome advice TJ. Someone can only bother us if we give them permission.

  • Practical tips, Randy… Nice work!