How can you be grumpy with a smile on your face and joy in your step? Change the way your body moves and you will change your feelings. When you’re upset, try clapping your hands and jumping up and down a bit. Shake it out of your body, breathe deeply, and see how change can come over you in an instant. If you’ve just hit a grand-slam home run to win the seventh game of a world series, you wouldn’t mope around with your head hanging low and looking at your feet, would you? No way. Your hands would be in the air and with a swagger in your step you’d show how hot your stuff is. Joy would pore from your eyes and light up your face.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves. Halle Berry

We hear so much about “change your thinking, change your life,” but sometimes the body and mind just feel heavy and it’s tough to get them to behave. To get out of that state when you’re feeling down and tense, consciously change what’s gotten into your body. Go outside in the fresh air and get your blood pumping by doing an impersonation of Rocky’s victory dance at the top of the stairs.

How would you feel if you’d just won the lotto? What would make you jump for joy and hoot and holler? Movement impacts your body’s chemistry. Sometimes you just have to let your motion help shape your emotion.

Spiritual Contemplation: What would be a joyous, abundant scenario for you? Play it out in your mind, let it get into your body, move around with it, and feel how your mind’s state has changed.

Affirmation: My body is now filled with joy and happiness!

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