10. H.A.P.P.Y.

When in a funk say the word “happy” 25 times. You will feel better fast. This is a NLP (neuro linguistic programming) pattern interrupt.

11. What Would Oprah Do?

Pick your hero and act with the same level of confidence. By acting like you have more confidence, studies show that you will actually have more confidence.

12. Use An Underused Four Letter Word

P-L-A-Y. in my work, I find that it is one of the most effective self esteem boosters. Instead of working on a problem, dilemma or bad mood p-l-a-y with it.

13. Helper’s High

Studies show that a phenomenon of the endorphin release of running occurs when you help someone in need. All that wonderful caring you are doing for a loved one is the Lord's work. Congratulate yourself. Don't feel guilty. As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."

14. Theme Song

You probably already have a motto or affirmations; find a song that lifts you. “Isn’t She Lovely” is my current favorite. Blast it when your spirits are sagging.

15. When the Going Gets Tough…

The tough get horizontal. Thomas Edison and Winston Churchill used the positive power of napping to help themselves discover answers to problems.

16. Flower Power

Buying a yellow freesia changed my life. Giving yourself the gift of some blooms will help you blossom.

17. Fan Mail

Get a few cards and write yourself the things you would love to hear about yourself. Pop them in the mail every other week.

About Eli Davidson

Eli is professional speaker, business coach and author, who posts on AgingProAgingPro is a national U.S. one-stop destination that delivers caregiving tools, resources, community support information and access to professionals in aging available on the Web. 

Reprinted with permission of Eli Davidson

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