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5 words that can turn a bad day around

posted Jun 22, 2016, 3:25 PM by Ann Lee
Chloe Wigan shares a powerful mantra by Alexandra Franzen: "Today is not over yet."  

1. It is a powerful reminder to find a way to make the day count.

This mantra reminds me that there is still time to make something good happen, no matter what has happened so far in the day. It reminds me that I don't need to wait for a new day, a new week (or month or year) to decide to make it count.

2. It reminds me that I have a choice.

And when I'm not having a good day I can choose what happens from that moment. I can choose to throw the day away, or I can make a different choice and try to find a way to make the day count.

3. It reminds me to do something (or many things) each day that are meaningful to me.

It can be easy to fall into the habit of living each day on autopilot, but this mantra makes me re-evaluate how I've been spending my "life-minutes" and reminds me to be intentional about making this day—and each day—count for me.

4. It reminds me to be grateful for each day, no matter what.

As Alice Morse Earle said "Every day may not be good...but there's something good in every day." And this mantra helps me to be intentional at finding and creating the good in each day.

So no matter what has happened so far in your day, if you want to make the rest of your day count, you can!

Some ideas:
    Do something kind for yourself. This might look like doing something you love that you don't usually make time for, giving yourself a five-minute break to breathe and have a cup of tea, or asking yourself "What do I really need right now?" then doing it.
    Do something thoughtful and generous for someone else. This might look like helping someone out with something, or telling someone that you're grateful for them and why, or writing someone a note and sending it to them in the mail.
    Do something productive. This might look like doing that thing you've been meaning to do for ages but haven't gotten around to getting it done, making appointments that you've been putting off, or cleaning an area in your home.
    Do something you wouldn't normally do. This might look like going to the movies in the middle of the week, or baking a cake even though it's no one's birthday, or going for a walk on a trail you've never been to.
    Do something—anything—that is meaningful for you. Something that makes you feel like you've made the rest of the day count.

The day doesn't have to be over yet.

It's up to you what happens now.