Lift your spirits

Here’s a neat way I’ve discovered to lift your spirits if you’re feeling a bit down.  I came across it last week, as I made my way home across London from an NLP meeting.  I was feeling very tired, so I left straight after the presentation and I was mentally beating myself up for not hanging around afterwards to network.

As I came up the escalator from the tube, I looked at the people on the other escalator and I found myself noticing how happy some people were.  So I started to make a point of really noticing people who stood out, and searching for adjectives to describe the goodness in them.  I didn’t over-analyse, I just allowed the words to come to me.  And what surprised me was how many I could apply positive thoughts to – “loving”, “gleeful”, “determined”, “reliable”, “excited”, the list went on.  And I quickly found myself with a smile on my face, thinking of how much joy there is in the world.

Of course, not everyone in that station was happy.  Every now and then, the person that stood out was someone I couldn’t find a positive adjective for – “angry”, “sad”, even one who looked “despairing”.  Yet that didn’t stop my improving mood – I felt compassion for them; and glad that I wasn’t as badly off as they seemed to be.

Were any of the descriptions real?  Of course not, I had no idea what was really going on in their minds, or their worlds.  But making an effort to see the joy, even if it wasn’t “real”, allowed me to create a little bit of my own joy in my world – and maybe to spread it to others who saw the smile it brought to my face.

So next time you’re feeling a bit low, get yourself out into the world, and look for the joy in the people you meet.

About Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw
About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw