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7 Tips For Making Yourself Happier in the Next Hour

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You can make yourself happier – and this doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next hour, check off as many of the following items as possible. Each of these accomplishments will lift your mood and create Good Juju, as will the mere fact that you’ve tackled and achieved some concrete goals.

1. Boost your energy: stand up and pace while you talk on the phone or, even better, take a brisk ten-minute walk outside. Research shows that when people move faster, their metabolism speeds up, and the activity and sunlight are good for your focus, your mood, and the retention of information. Plus, because of “emotional contagion,” if you act energetic, you’ll help the people around you feel energetic, too.

2. Reach out to friends: make a lunch date or send an email to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Having warm, close bonds with other people is one of the keys to happiness, so take the time to stay in touch. Somewhat surprisingly, it turns out that socializing boosts the moods not only of extroverts, but also of introverts.

3. Rid yourself of a nagging task: answer a difficult email, purchase something you need, or call to make that dentist’s appointment. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a big rush of energy and cheer, and you’ll be surprised that you procrastinated for so long.

4. Create a calmer environment: clear some physical and mental space around your desk by sorting papers, pitching junk, stowing supplies, sending out quick responses, filing, or even just making your piles neater. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizeable dent. Try to get in the habit of using the “one minute rule”—i.e., never postpone any task that can be completed in less than one minute. An uncluttered environment will contribute to a more serene mood.

5. Lay the groundwork for some future fun: order a book you’ve been wanting to read (not something you think you should read) or plan a weekend excursion to a museum, hiking trail, sporting event, gardening store, movie theater—whatever sounds like fun. Studies show that having fun on a regular basis is a pillar of happiness, and anticipation is an important part of that pleasure. Try to involve friends or family, as well; people enjoy almost all activities more when they’re with other people than when they’re alone.

6. Do a good deed: make an email introduction of two people who could help each other, or set up a blind date, or shoot someone a piece of useful information or gratifying praise. Do good, feel good—this really works. Also, although we often believe that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. When you act in a friendly way, you’ll strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

7. Act happy: put a smile on your face right now, and keep smiling. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile has a positive influence on your emotions—turns out that just going through the motion of happiness brightens your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal. To the contrary. Studies show that happier people are more sociable, likeable, healthy, and productive—and they’re more inclined to help other people. So in working to boost your own happiness, you’re benefiting others as well.

Feel happier yet?

Compliments of the Happiness Project.

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Good Juju Tip #9 for a Happy Holiday Season

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The holidays are all about showing others how special they are to us.  Today’s tip of the day comes from Zen Habits.

Give a free hug.  OK, only do this when appropriate … but if you have a loved one in your life, give them a hug! Often we can go too long without showing our affection and gratitude, even to those who are closest to us. Don’t neglect this important part of your relationship. By “free” hug, I mean don’t expect anything in return — just give it as a gift of gratitude. If you give a hug to a stranger, be prepared to run very fast afterward.

Good Juju Tip #3 for a Happy Holiday Season

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The following tip is compliments of Divine Caroline. Great way to create Good Juju this holiday season.

Remember the Reason for the Season: When you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to get everything done before the big day arrives and the stress of it all starts to overwhelm you, stop and take a breath. Remember what the season is really about. It’s not about getting the perfect gift for your dad or having the perfect tree. Take time to remember what the season is to you. This meaning may lie in your religious beliefs or the traditions you have with your family, but don’t forget to take the time to remember why YOU choose to celebrate this holiday season.

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Pictured here is Good Juju’s long sleeve burnout thermal with “Just Breathe” on the front. Great holiday gift idea.

 

Good Juju Tip #2 for a Happy Holiday Season

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This Good Juju holiday tip also comes from our friends at OM Times.

Bring some holiday joy to those in need. Helping others can be very therapeutic when we are feeling uncomfortable with the changing times. There is always someone that can use a little extra kindness during the holidays. Volunteer at a soup kitchen and see the appreciation in the faces of those that are so grateful for a warm meal. Remember that we are all connected. When we give to others, we give to ourselves.

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Create Good Juju by Giving the Gift Of Service

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Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. This holiday season, consider giving your time to a local charity. You’ll feel great, and create Good Juju.

Small Business Saturday – Support Good Juju

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Good Juju is a women-owned company located in Littleton, Colorado. We have been busy spreading the word about our new brand over the past 18 months and would love your help to do the same today – Small Business Saturday. Tell your friends about us and check out our website at www.goodjujucompany.com.

Spread Good Juju on Black Friday

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We are really excited that it’s Black Friday! Today, we will be visiting area malls looking for people who are performing random acts of kindness. Individuals who we witness doing a good deed will receive a free Good Juju t. shirt.  We hope to give away lots of shirts on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Here is a picture of one of the shirts we will be giving away.  It reads “Tis the season for Good Juju” and it’s available on our website at www.goodjujucompany.com.