How to be happier: Plan something to look forward to.

I was putting my daughter to bed tonight and she said “OMG, I am so excited for school tomorrow, it’s finally Monday!” (She is 8, going on 15, in case you wanted a frame of reference.)

This made me think about how differently she feels about Monday from say, well, most of us, adult people. I love what I do and yet I always experience what I call the ‘case of the Sunday nights’. Maybe it’s somehow part of the adult DNA.

So to help you have happier Mondays we’re kicking off a Mondays Made Happier series on our blog. Every Monday we’ll share a tip on how to be happier or something to inspire you to find more happy moments in your Mondays. Without further ado, here’s one for today:

Plan something for this week that you can anticipate and look forward to. Anticipation is a big part of enjoyment of an activity and in one experiment, people who just thought about watching a movie they like felt more positive. 

So do this, right now. Look at your calendar and actually write down something you will look forward to. Lunch with a friend, a yoga class, 15 minutes to read a book, making time to go get your favorite coffee one morning — what you plan doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that makes you happier.

One thought on “How to be happier: Plan something to look forward to.

  1. Pingback: Mondays made happier: Go see a friend! | Happier

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