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My Happiness Arsenal

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Today didn't start out so well.

First off, I pulled a major muscle in my neck on Tuesday, so I've been in a lot of pain and can't turn my head to the right. I was running late this morning trying to get all my stuff together and brush my teeth. Then I realized when I got down to the car that I'd forgotten to take any pain meds, so Mike had to run back upstairs to get me some. I made it to the train on time, but they must have had problems with another train because it turned out they were running it as a local instead of an express (i.e., they were making allllll the stops). As I was figuring this out, a woman with a screaming child got on my train car, and she was yelling as loud as he was, trying to calm him down.

It's a testament to how calm and patient my happiness project has made me that I didn't write the day off as a loss right there. Fold my arms, slouch in my seat, and resign myself to having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Instead, I decided that I didn't want to have a terrible day, so I would do whatever I could to salvage it.

First, I put in my headphones, which are the amazing in-ear kind that double as earplugs.

I turned on a playlist of my favorite music loud enough to drown out the loud mother (who was at this point being overly enthusiastic and reassuring at a much greater volume than her son, who had basically calmed down).

Instead of enumerating all of the things that had gone wrong that morning, I forced myself to start listing things I was grateful for.

I am grateful Mike had two days off and could drive me to the train station.

I am grateful that I normally get to work earlier than I need to, so a 20-minute delay is no big deal.

I am grateful my boss is understanding and will let me work from home tomorrow because I can't drive myself.

I am grateful that my pain is not unbearable and I have medicine for it.

I am grateful I have such a caring husband, who took care of a bunch of tasks yesterday so I didn't have to stress about them.

I am grateful for my DivaCup, without which my day would have undoubtedly been a lot worse.

When I got off the train, I decided to take the bus [I am grateful I can afford to take the bus] so I wouldn't have to carry my purse on my bad shoulder. This kept me out of the morning cold and gave me time to just breathe and relax.

I was planning on making a cup of tea when I got to work, but by then I was totally calm and relaxed. I put the neck wrap I'd brought to work yesterday in the microwave, and I was set to start the day.

So those are the weapons in my happiness arsenal that I can pull out when I find my day not going so well: music, positive thinking, tea, physical comfort.

What are your secrets to turning a bad day into a good one? (Or at least an OK one?)


  1. First thing; high 5 for the Diva Cup! Everyone I know sings 'LA LA LA LA' and puts their fingers in their ears when I try to talk it up. Best. Invention. Ever.

    This post is perfectly timed for me; Ive got an awful head cold, and Im grumpy and sick and imagining how it's going to migrate in to sinus cancer or something.

    I find that just a bit of sun; a beam or a fleeting patch, can transform my mood.

  2. @theaspirationalagnostic
    I love the DivaCup!! I just found out about these women who are biking down the West Coast of the U.S. to tell women about menstrual cups. So awesome!

    Glad the post came at a good time for you!

    I agree--sunshine can be such a mood lifter. I wish we got more of it in the wintertime!

  3. I hope this plan of attack helped to turn your day around!!

    I have to admit, the line about the DivaCup made me chuckle. Reminded me of that scene in Clueless where Travis Birkenstock (the stoner kid) gives an acceptance speech for his tardy record, including McDonald's for not making his breakfast fast enough.

  4. @Rabbit
    It did! It was a pretty good day.

    That's really funny :)


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