6. Move Things Around
Still stuck? Then commit to moving that stack you just can’t deal with to a new location. Sometimes when the same pile just sits there staring at you, it makes it harder to get up the gumption to act. Just moving the pile from the floor to the desk can make the task seem more manageable.
7. Do a Good Deed
Hold the door open for someone, compliment a tenant, take a minute to pass along useful information, or help someone who’s noticeably struggling with something. In fact, you can
8. Save Someone’s Life
Sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. Donate unused items to a homeless shelter or sign up to volunteer for a worthy cause. Do good, feel good—it really works!
9. Act Happy
Fake it 'til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as friendlier and more approachable. Breathe deeply, skip rather than walk, think about a person or a pet that you love.
10. Mind your Ps and Qs
Make a habit of being polite. Say please and thank you as often as you can. Let someone pull out in front of you in the parking lot or go ahead of you in line. Slow down and use common courtesy to make you feel better and lighten someone else’s mood.
Take steps now to break up the late winter blahs and help you feel happier right now. Being happy is not a selfish goal; research shows happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy and productive. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier, too.
Linnea Appleby is president and chief operating officer of StorKwik, a national self-storage company based in Orlando, Fla. Appleby has been involved in the self-storage industry since 1998, with a 27-year background in management and finance. In addition to being a past president and managing director of the Florida Self Storage Association, she’s a contributing writer to Inside Self-Storage and a frequent speaker at industry tradeshows and events. To reach her, call 407.246.1144; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .