We’re normally writing about money psychology, how people’s emotions affect their relationship with money and how challenging your current money beliefs, is the first step to achieving long-term success.

Today, we’re going with something different.  Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin tells us how easy it is to have a Great Day.

There are simple things we can do to have a great day. They do not require money or a lot of energy, only a willingness to do them.  There is no guarantees in life and nobody promised us that every day will be a great day, but we at least can try.  It is important to remember that each day we can live only once. Why not make the best of it?

Wake Up With a Gratitude

Research finds that people who practice gratitude daily have a better and healthier life.  It is trivial, but why not be grateful that we wake up, in our own bed with our favourite sheets and that we will have food for breakfast.

Also, be grateful that we are well and able to take care of ourselves. If you have a problem waking up with gratitude, think for a moment how many people in the world are not as fortunate as you are.  Begin each day with good thoughts and intentions.  This will help you get through the day.

Practice positive thinking, this is important for your brain health.  Remember that you are in charge of your mind, not the other way around and you can choose what you think, how you feel, and what you do.

Take Time for Yourself in the Morning

Mornings are important because they set up our mood and attitude for the rest of the day.  It is important to take time for yourself in the morning.  Start with doing something nice for yourself, something that will bring a smile to your face.

It can be as simple as having a cup of your favourite coffee, playing with your pet, or just having a moment to enjoy the beautiful summer morning.

Find time to do a little meditation.  It can be as little as five to 10 minutes of just sitting quietly and breathing deeply.  It will relax your body and calm you down.  If you have time, try to exercise and or go for a walk.  These things will give you the energy you need to move through the day.

They will also lift up your mood by pumping the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain.  Energized and calm yourself internally, it will be easier to go through the day.

Set up Goals for the Day, Prioritize

Try not to set up a lot of goals.  Start with three to five important goals that really have to be done this day.  The others may need to wait until tomorrow or the next day.  If you constantly fall behind a schedule, and this is not due to medical reasons, you may need to try professional help.  If counselling is not for you, try seeing a life coach who might help you with your organisational skills.

We will never have more time (we may have more energy), but we can definitely learn how to organise our time better.

Be Good to Yourself

If you aren’t good to yourself, who will be?  Do not try to do it all and do not overextend or overcommit yourself at the expense of your physical and or emotional health.  Find time to rest and rejuvenate.  Do not punish yourself for your faults and mistakes, just learn from them and move on.

Practicing self-care and self-compassion are very important, but frequently forgotten during difficult times such as pandemics.  Practicing them will not only benefit you but also your family and your social environment.

Do Something Nice for Others

This will instantly make you feel good, especially if you do not expect any repayment.  If you have spare time, do some volunteering, place like, the neighbourhood food bank, animal shelter, etc.  Or donate money to a charity, or simply be a shoulder to lean on for someone.

Doing something nice and being kind to others boosts serotonin, and dopamine, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters in your brain.

Have a great week!

 

Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin is a neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico with over 30 years of clinical experience.