Right To Be Happy
As you know I am all about happiness. I know that happy people are more productive and that more productive people are happier. It kind of goes in a circle. The other side of being happy is being sad. You can’t have it both ways. In a previous post I talked about how crying can actually help you overcome your sadness. You have a right to be happy.
Exercise your Right
Studies show that exercise can be an effective way to overcome sadness. Now I don’t know about you but exercise is not something I relish. Oh, I walk a little bit each day. I have a Fitbit that reminds me of just how lazy I am on some days. If I do not set out to devote some time to walking I just do not rack up meaningful numbers. On the days that I do get in 10,000 steps I feel better physically and I actually feel as though I have gotten more of my other tasks accomplished.
How Exercise Helps
Exercise your right to be happy means nothing more than getting out of your pity zone and concentrating on something other than your sadness. Now I mean it when I say you have a right to be happy. In fact, if you are a citizen of the United States of America your right to be happy is actually recognized in some of our founding documents. I am not going to give you a civics lesson here. I want you to click on the link and see it for yourself. Right now that may be your first step in exercising your right to be happy.
Exercising helps get over your sadness in a number of ways. One of the things it does is distracts you from focusing on the very thing that is making you sad. Remember that happiness is a choice. You decide whether you are happy or sad. When you are sad your performance, productivity and personal satisfaction plummet. That leads to a feeling of lack of self-worth and the temporary sadness you feel over an event can lead to depression.
Work It Out
Get off the couch, come out from under the blankets, put on your workout clothes and go do something. Something as simple as working in your garden or cleaning the junk out of your garage can be the exercise you need. It re-directs your attention from your sadness to something else. You are what you think. If you are training your thoughts on the event or person who is making you sad, you will be sad. If you put positive, happy thoughts in your mind, it will result in happiness. Exercise your right to be happy. You will never regret it.