Every Wednesday is tip day at The Happiness Project
. This weeks tip has a DIY spirit and will appeal to those of you who want to naturally boost your energy. She suggests 9 ways to do that in the next 10 minutes. My favorite tip is number 3, act with energy:
We think we ACT because of the way we FEEL, but often we FEEL because of the way we ACT. Trick yourself into feeling energetic by moving more quickly, pacing while you talk on the phone, and putting more energy into your voice. Also, research shows that when people move faster, their metabolism speeds up.
I know this is particularly true for myself. It isn't long after I start faking an upbeat attitude and an abundance of energy that I start to feel truly energized. Be mindful of adding that jump in your step and walking just a bit faster of talking with a bit more energy, and you'll find your real energy levels actually elevating with how you're acting.
She has 8 more great tips. I love little tricks to keep in my back pocket for times when I need a bit of a rush, but I've reached my caffeine threshold and I'm not in line for a nap anytime soon. I've written before about mood enhancing foods
, and while Gretchen Rubin
does count the benefits of coffee
, she cautions against relying on food to alter your mood. She focuses more on personal action items. It's not about thinking a different way, it's about acting a different way, and doing it yourself without needing to employ any artificial energy boosters.