One simple way to get your “life is good” feeling

Do you ever notice how when the sun is shining, it feels so natural for you to feel chirpy?  Your mind easily focuses on all the good things in life.  Affirmations like “Everything is always working out for me” become your new norm.  You’re more forgiving and more likely to feel grateful for the luxuries you have in your life EVEN IF there are still some desires yet to be met?

I do. And it got me thinking: what is this mystical power that the sun seems to have on us? And do we have the ability to create this feeling even when the sun is hiding in the clouds? And once we figure this out, can we bottle it up in a virtual saltshaker, ready to add some flavor to our days – on demand?

The short answer is yes.

 

We all have the ability to shift our internal environment by changing our thoughts, and a great way to do this is to change your body posture (or your geography, as we say in coaching).

 

Try this: mentally take yourself back to a beautiful sunny day you experienced in the not-so-distant past.  See if you can recall what your body posture was like.  Were you standing with your shoulders back, head slightly tilted to the side with a small smile on your face? Were you leaning back in a chair, eyes closed, with your head resting on the back of it? Or were you walking down the street with a smile on your face and a spring in your step?

 

In her Ted talk, “Your body language may shape who you are”, Amy Cuddy reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.  She argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

I can tell you, as a Coach who frequently asks her clients to take on body postures of their most confident, courageous and compassionate self – it works.

So, what is your ‘Life is Gooooood’ body posture?  Are you the Super Woman type or is Mystique more your style? As silly as it may feel, go ahead and explore this.

Got it? Good – step into it now.  These kinds of shifts require you to ‘get into it’ vs simply theorize it in your head.

 

YOUR FLOW MISSION

This week, when you’re feeling frustrated or a little like you’re under a dark cloud, step into this body posture and notice what shifts in you. Where do your thoughts go?  What feelings start to bubble up?

And just for fun, leave a comment below describing your pose! Let’s get feeling good!

 

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