Emotions are funny things.
…and they’re just feelings. That you create.
Most of the time not consciously, but you do create them.
Ever been feeling really down and yuck? Where all you can think of is a million reasons why you suck, and allovvasudden something happens like hearing that you made some money or getting a phonecall from an old friend or attractive creature of the opposite sex.
And boom. Like magic.
Walking on Sunshine.
So here are some quick tricks that you can use anytime to feel great instantly…
Trick 1: Clap Clap Yes!!
Clapping is loads of fun. Really.
So whatcha do is you get up and take a step back. You need a little space around you since the more exaggerated and ridiculous this is, the better.
Clap twice. Hard. And Loud.
Then hop forwards on both feet, clench both hands and swing ‘em into the air as you land on the ground in front of you, both arms in champion position, fists clenched sky-high, shout a hearty “Yehssss!!!”
Tingly awesomeness surging through your body?
Trick 2: How Can I Make This Fun?
It’s easy to get into that boring, dull mindset where you just go about your day in the same sterile way as usual…
So here’s a way to switch it up that’ll make you super excited and feel great.
One question. One question that you can ask yourself in ANY situation.
“How can I make this fun?”
About to walk up the stairs? Try dancing up the stairs.
Paying for groceries at the end of a long day? Joke around with the cashier about how she’s asking you if you want a bag and being all robotic. Ask her if she’s a robot. Ask her if she’s ever asked somebody if they want a bag and when the customer says yes, if she’s said, “well no. you can’t have one. You’re gonna have to carry all your groceries and drop ‘em along the way. Hahahaha”
See a cute girl that you want to talk to. “How can I make this fun?”
Infinite possibility. Remix the situation to make it fun. “How can I make this fun? …for me” Not to get approval or attention but to make life fun for you.
“How can I make this fun?”
Trick 3: Eargasm, Melt into the Music
Turn on some of your favourite music. Or get something new. Something you can dance to. Like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. (wow. Did I just recommend that?!) …or, my new favourite, dub-step.
Standing in a big room, it’s easier if nobody is near by or likely to walk in, turn on the music and boost the volume.
Listen for a while. Just standing there. For at least a minute.
Listen to the music but also to the slices of silence between every sound.
Melt into the music.
If any thoughts come in, just notice them and then go back to the music. Feel it.
Then slowly bob your head. Then swing your shoulders back and forth to the beat. Then add some foot shuffling…
Then UNLEASH. Dance like it’s ’76. Dance like nobody is lookin’.
Bust out your old James Brown sexy face. Do some seductive silliness. Remember the hip thrust dance? Now’s the time to show the room who is bowss.
Completely flow with the music. Melt into it. Jump up and down… and BUST-A-MOVE.
Trick 4: You’re My Wonderwall!!!
This one is kinda like an inside joke with all my friends.
Came up with this when my good friend Glen was here in Cape Town and didn’t have a radio in his car so we used to sing…
…and now whenever we’re all jamming together or in the middle of the street at night or… well, anywhere… we sing Wonderwall!
But it’s like an audible caricature. If such a thing exists.
We make it fun.
Sing your heart out. The worse you sing, the better.
Make up words and unleash your soul. It’s a lot easier if you do it with friends – awwwsome way to up the energy and make everyone feel great.
Other choice favourites are “I Shot the Sherriff” and a song we made up called “Game Loving”.
Raw unleashed expression.
You are my wonderwaaaaall!!
Trick 5: HaHaHa Humorous Hyperventilation
This one is kinda difficult to explain. But it’s one of the funniest things alive evar.
Deep breath. Sit up straight.
…then, pushing all the air out your lungs, with your mouth open, breath out as you make a “HAAH!” sound.
Do it again. And again. And again. Making it faster and faster.
There is no way to not be laughing at the end of this. HaHa. Guaranteed.
Wrapping Up: Emotional Sleight of Hand
This isn’t about feeling good all the time.
That’s not realistic and not possible.
…but you can feel content. At peace. One with life.
These are just little tricks to snap you out of learned misery and dullness or just outta a bad mood.
Tricks to remind you how amazing life really is.
…and, more importantly, if a couple of little quirky tricks can make you feel good just like that, what does that say about feeling “bad”?
Feeling good. Feeling bad. They’re just feelings. They come. And they go.
You create them. They’re not a big deal and they’re not you.
Beneath them. Beneath these “serious” feelings, that’s what you are. Beneath the good and bad is peace.
The beyond within.
The amazingness of life.
It’s within you all the time.
P.S.My good friend Glen, co-conspirator in the Wonderwall Glory, has just released an e-book on how to live the cowboy-style life of freedom and abundance by lording the internet.
Take a quick sec to checkout my review: “How to Become an Internet Superstar”
P.S. Part II: If you have any other tricks or cool little ways that make you feel great, please share them in the comments below and share the awesomenss…