We all have good days and bad days. Happy days and sad days. Some really sad days. Some really bad days.
But there are small, incremental ways to make any day a little better, a little brighter.
They’re also the small, hidden things that are almost always included in every good day.
Here’s what I’ve noticed…
When I’m having a bad day – these are the ways I make it better.
When I’m having a good day – these are the things that make it richer.
So, here’s to better days ahead, friends!
4 Easy Ways to Make Any Day Better:
We need people. You might like that or you might not 😉
Share the day or season you’re in with a friend, a parent, a spouse, someone you care about.
Sharing how you are (like, REALLY sharing) brings us closer to people. And makes life better.
On a good day, it could be as simple as sharing the good moments. Express gratitude. Thank a friend. Share why the day good is good – it marks the moment and makes it more memorable. Plus, the person you share it with will thank you. Who doesn’t like seeing a loved one happy?
On a bad day, it could be as simple as a text to a friend that you’re down and could use some encouragement. A phone call to a family member you can be real with. A meal with someone you care about.
Whether in the moment or after it passes, sharing them makes them better.
Focus on the good.
Ever heard the saying “What you focus on expands”?
Well, now you have. 😉
Even in dark moments, focusing on the light can make the light brighter.
What can you focus on in your day that’s good?
For me, some days it’s as simple as being thankful for a warm, clean bed.
Some days it is gratitude for health. When health is elusive, some days it’s gratitude for loved ones.
Some days it’s the breath in my lungs.
Pretty much every day, it’s Jesus. 😉 (if you know me, this probably doesn’t surprise you)
Some days are really really difficult, yes. Pain is not to be glossed over or ignored. It’s important to process. Being thankful can help get us through.
And then, some days are wonderful. On those days, it’s easy to miss life’s simple pleasures. The day becomes richer when you slow down to notice the fresh clean water you’re drinking or the warm sun on your skin.
Focusing on the good makes the day better.
Make someone else’s day better.
I’m not talking about altruism here.
I’m talking about making someone else’s day better because it will also make your day better!
I think it’s so amazing how God has wired us this way.
– Drop off lemonade for a friend.
– Pay for a drive through order.
– Pick flowers for a neighbour.
– Send an encouraging message.
The list could be endless.
It’s science. And it’s also scripture. (I love science, and I love scripture!!)
Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
Talk to God about it.
You might not pray, maybe prayer is strange to you. If that’s you, that’s ok. Keep reading…
On my best days and my worst days, God loves me and wants a relationship with me.
On your best days and your worst days, God loves you and wants a relationship with you.
[ Not so sure about that? That’s ok too… find some more food for thought here. ]
A relationship happens with interaction. So–interact.
Talk to God about your day. What is getting under your skin? What is fulfilling? What is hurting? What are you thankful for?
Sure, He knows already. But I think prayer is as much for us as it is for God.
No matter what kind of day it is, God wants to be with us through it. Because He wants a relationship with us.
God is listening. Tell God what you need, give thanks for what you have. Your day will be better for it.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7
There’s definitely a lot of mystery to unpack in those 3 sentences, but so so much truth. I’ve experienced it personally, and I know many others that would testify the same.
Your day will be better for it.
What do you think? Did I miss anything?
What do you do to make your day better?