according to the good folk at exemplifyonline.com at least. This appeared on my FB page recently so I decided to give it a try.
Brew Something Caffeinated: One mug of Pomegranate Green Tea and, as a bonus "For All We Know" on the radio, any day that starts with the Carpenters is going to be a good one; I skipped to Blast Your Favorite Song.
Stand in the Sunshine: did that, didn't take a photo, but in October, a little warm is lovely.
Wear Your Favorite Blouse: I don't have a blouse to have as a favourite... it got me thinking that I would like a blouse to call a favourite, I will have to be on the lookout for one. In the meantime, my favourite grey marl T and matching cardigan did the job nicely.
Let Psalm 118:24 Take Root: "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." I may not be the most religious of folk, but I appreciate the message and it was a wonderful one to leave percolating in mind for the rest of the day.
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh: we did that and being told to do so made a difference to my mindset for the day. Seeing the humour in things is easy when you're actively looking.
Eat Lunch On Fine China: well there was none of that to be found at work, but I borrowed the nicest plate I could fine and, whilst I still ate at my desk, just the act of eating my lunch (leftover vegan chilli, yum!) from a plate made a far greater difference than I thought it would. I learnt a much needed lesson in taking a little time and a proper break to not just eat but savour my food; pause, refocus and regroup.
Work Excellently: I work hard, but do I always excellently? Another great mindset for the day and it brought a surprising amount of joy to the day too. Not just completing a task, but making the process excellent is a compelling way to approach the jobs of a day.
Stretch Throughout The Day: at any possible opportunity. I found that it centered me, focused me on my physicality and brought me back to the present. Again, all important reminders.
Eat Dessert: and that I did! I had nothing in the house so a scrubble round the cupboards resulted in my first proper attempt at tofu ice cream. Peanut Butter Maple Tofu Ice Cream to be exact and damn, is it good! Shame no-one else at home likes the sound of it... one whole tub for me!
And so, in 10 simple instructions, I had a very happy Monday. More importantly I was truly "present" in my day, focused from the moment I got dressed to the final moments before I went to bed on what would bring pleasure to my day. I was also reminded that happy is not a selfish concept, that focusing on my happy was also a way of bringing my best me to the rest of my day.
So tomorrow's Monday, have a Happy One folks and, if you have time, try a some of this little experiment :o)