Today’s helpful little hack of the hour is lightheartedness. At first blush, one might think this character trait would be dependent on circumstances. But I have found that it doesn’t have to be!
Definition of lighthearted
light·heart·ed | \ ˈlīt-ˌhär-təd \http://www.merriam-webster.com
1: free from care, anxiety, or seriousness : HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, a lighthearted mood
2: cheerfully optimistic and hopeful : EASYGOING, they can be lighthearted in the midst of misery— H. J. Forman
As mentioned in definition #2 above, we can be lighthearted, even when things aren’t going our way. When you’re feeling down, smile! It might seem fake at first, but the face muscles inform your mind and can actually help you feel lighter.
“Laugh more, frown less. Whenever possible, say yes!”
I wrote this little ditty to help me remember. And just to clarify – don’t say “Yes!” to an overwhelming number of commitments or things that would be wrong for you. This is phraseology. It means to frame things, even to yourself, in a positive light.
From restrictive to permissive
Instead of saying “No cookies”, say “Yes, I will enjoy a piece of fruit”. Replace “No more staying up late” with “Yes! I get to sleep”. It helps to shape the way you feel about things.
This little hack of the hour might take some practice, so why not start today? Smile and say yes! You might uncover a perspective that is more free and lighthearted.
“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!”Psalm 32:10
Wondering why am I publishing these helpful little hacks of the hour? Read the Introduction and Intent post here.