Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Act the Way You Want to Feel

For the past month, I have been reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. Yeah. Yeah. I know that is an awful long time for such a thin book. But I really wanted to let all of her advice sink in and try some of the things she suggests from her personal journey. One of the ideas that resonated the most with me was her Third Commandment: Act the way I want to feel. So often we feel trapped in our emotions. Generally we think that we act a certain way because of the way we feel. However, could it really be that we feel because of the way we act?

For instance, I often find myself in the grumpiest of moods. I tell myself that it cannot be changed. I am grumpy towards other people and just downright unpleasant. I act that way because of how I feel…or do I? 

Lately, I’ve been trying out Rubin’s Third Commandment for myself. What if I tried acting how I want to feel? Today, for instance, I woke up, determined to put this commandment into action. My mission: I wanted to enjoy the start of fall--my favorite season every blogger’s favorite season. I also wanted to feel productive and like I had accomplished something. 

What did I do?

I woke up this morning at the crack of dawn…okay, 6pm…and went for a run. Afterwards, I grabbed my car keys and made my way to the grocery store for some much needed groceries. Exercise AND groceries, all before 8am. Not too shabby in the productivity department, eh?! Since I had invited Brian (the boyfriend I haven’t introduced you too yet) over for supper, I prepared the items in the crockpot and had the dessert ready to bake. The rest of my day went nicely by my schedule as well.

What I have learned from little experiments like this are that when I am intentional about my actions, I feel so much better. Our attitude determines so much of how our day is going to turn out. 

If you would like to hear more about acting the way you want to feel, I encourage you to read this blog post from Rubin and also pick up a copy of her book. I will share more of my personal happiness journey as I continue to read the book.

As for now, the aroma from the crockpot is calling my name.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh this is fabulous advice!! My husband always talks about the energy we give off to others and how contagious it is! Don't tell him that he is right ;) Blessings! Susan