Some mornings I wake up feeling good. I am excited about everything I get to work on, and I can’t wait to attack the day. These are the easy days. Everyone is productive on those days.
And then there are the other days.
On “the other days” I get up feeling sluggish. I didn’t sleep well the night before. Or maybe I just feel overwhelmed or unexcited. These “other days” I sit at my computer feeling uninspired. I am not feeling it. So what do I do then?
I have talked before about the first 60 seconds of the day. When I am not feeling it, getting back to basics and doing a gratitude exercise is a good place to start. And speaking of exercise, working up a sweat always helps boost my mood. These are incredibly helpful. But when all else fails I ask myself a simple question.
What have you done to push out good?
Pushing out good into the world almost always helps to improve my attitude. Pushing out good might mean writing a blog, sending a positive email or text, or buying flowers for my wife. When I focus on the idea of pushing out good, it does a couple of things for me.
First, it takes the focus off of me. When I am in a funk, it often means I am too focused on me and my own issues. When I look to serve others and “push out good” it fixes that. It redirects my attention in a positive way.
Second, it feels good to do good. There is science behind this. When you do something good or “push out good,” your body releases a chemical called Oxytocin. This chemical helps to reduce stress and makes you feel warm and fuzzy. They call it the love chemical.
So if you woke up in a funk today and you want to feel better, it might be time to “push out good.” By lifting up others, you might just lift up yourself too.