If you’re in a slump or angry and can’t control the way you feel, you might try to train yourself to shut it off. While that may not be the ideal way to deal with actual problems head-on, some of us simply have seasonal or random bouts of depression that crop up for no discernable reason. When that’s the case, the best way to get back on track is to think about the things that make you feel at your best. That’s why you can make lists in order to think happy.
Lots of different things might make you happy, and it’s up to you to think about what they are. The most obvious choice is music. Science has proven that music can enhance your mood and even help you learn, and that’s why you should keep a list of your favorite songs for future reference. Sure, keep the best of the best on your phone or computer, but be sure to have a backup copy so you don’t miss out on any of your favorites down the line.
If you meet someone you don’t like, then you aren’t alone. It happens to everyone. That’s why it makes sense to counteract the bad experience with a good one. Create a list of the people who mean the most to you. When you can’t make a quick visit or call, just take a look at the list to know that you have people in your life who can make you feel on top of the world. There is another benefit to keeping these people around: according to Harvard researchers, those of us with the strongest relationships are more likely to stay healthier longer and increase our longevity.
If you have the travel bug, then it can be helpful to keep a journal of your favorite destinations. If you have a good experience while on vacation, then write it down in order to recall it more easily later. If the winter weather or rainy day has you down, then keep your mind on where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and what you might do again. Psychologists have found that traveling can enhance our creativity, make us more amenable to others, relieve stress, and boost overall happiness. Believe it or not, you can get these benefits just by walking down the street. It’s the change of scenery that benefits us the most, not the exotic locations.