How to Feel Great Again

We all want to feel great. We want to embrace the day and not dodge it. Let’s face it, life is meant to be enjoyed, not just survived.

I’m going to be honest, I had a bit of a revelation today. Bumblebee and I were out and about on our trek through the neighborhood, and this is always a great time for me to do some thinking. Well, today’s thought rested on the idea of feeling great. I’ve written about this subject in many other posts, but I thought of something that I think is important to discuss.

Throughout my life, I’ve always set these intentions that seem to always begin with ‘one day I’m going to (fill in the blank), and when I accomplish or experience this, I will feel great.

Shouldn’t I feel great now? 

Here’s the thing that I discovered as I watched Bumblebee take her time sniffing a tree: To feel great should happen independently of any outside factor, and it should be available right now, not after something has occurred.

Here’s why.

If the only way we can feel great is by achieving or experiencing something that is not here and now or not within our control, then, hell, we’ll never feel great! That seems like a backwards way to live.

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How to feel great instantly.

“When I feel the pressure of life crushing me, I come back to this peaceful place and regroup. I take solace in knowing that things will be just as they should be. And I swear, every time I come, I feel reassured that I am exactly where I need to be and that life will be okay.” Haley in The Fiche Room

So this leads me to make this statement about feeling great: If we set a realistic way of accessing good vibes, we’re more apt to experience them. Instead of making the bold declaration: one day I’m going to (fill in the blank) and then and only then will I feel great, why not reword to something more along the lines of: right now, in this very moment, I’m going to (fill in the blanks) and I will feel great.

The important factor in this new statement is what we say in the (fill in the blank) area. It’s important because how we define this action, and the perimeters we give it, will determine our ability to access joy instantly.

feel greatSo, as Bumblebee and I continued walking, I began to brainstorm ways to fill in that blank that would allow me the opportunity to instantly access good vibes. Here’s what I came up with: Right now, in this very moment, I’m going to (take a deep breath | giggle over something funny Bumblebee did | think about my significant other’s love for me | sing my favorite song | whistle a tune | step out into nature | etc.), and feel great.

I’m going to feel great instantly because at any moment I can do one of these actions, and these actions always make me feel good.

You see, when we focus on something we love, something we can access at any moment of the day because it’s within us and not outside of our control, we’re setting ourselves up in a really good way.

In an instant, this anchor we’ve created to something that makes us feel great, can pull us away from any negative state of mind and center us right smack dab in the middle of that place where our hearts feel whole and happy.

What a shift, right?

Do you see how this state change allows us to achieve happiness whenever we will it into being?

What makes you feel great?

Think of something that brings you ultimate joy, something you can access immediately at most any moment of your day. Maybe it’s fresh air, a pet, learning something new, love, or quite simply your breath. Put yourself in that moment and really feel the joy. Allow it to take over your heart. Anchor yourself to the moment. Now every time you need a lift in spirit, stop what you are doing and embrace this anchor. Some people find it helpful to shake their heads, roll their shoulders or stretch their neck to snap out of the current mindset to prepare to enter the shifting positive present moment.

Recharging

We carry within us the power to light up darkness. We only need to remember that we are connected on every level imaginable to the greatness of all that exists inside and outside ourselves. In this connectivity resides an energy that vibrates dynamically, sharing its life and breath with every single element of this universe. Recharging our spirit is only a touch, taste, smell, or sight away. The birds chirp, the flowers bloom, the rivers flow, the waterfalls spray, the butterflies emerge, and the bees buzz all because this underlying force, with its mightiness, takes us by the heart and spins us into its lively cocktail, welcoming us as one into its nurturing embrace. One only has to reach out and sense the gift of its presence to recharge. To be revitalized and coated in the protective glaze of happiness, look around and take pleasure in the delicate simplicities sprinkled all around.  

Do you have other ways to tap into that state of mind where you feel great?

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

9 replies
  1. Lara Estes
    Lara Estes says:

    Saw this today and was intrigued, focusing of things, thoughts or memories as a means to uplift one’s spirit/energies. I have those tools already, they are few but I have them. But for now it is difficult to access them when surrounded by negative energy and people. I know this will change soon, thankfully. But doesn’t the environment in which we exsist in at that moment as important? Just a question from a simple person.

    I loved the article as it is inspiring, Thank you for sharing this with us

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      I totally agree that our environments can have a major impact on out moods and energy. Whenever possible, submerge yourself into an environment that is uplifting. It’s not always possible. But, being cognizant of how important it is to our spirit I believe can help lift us. Know that at any moment, you can slip into a private room and take some deep breaths to recenter and recalibrate your wonderful energy Lara.

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  2. Sara
    Sara says:

    Thanks for sharing your revelation – and Bumblebee’s adventures!
    Two things that move me back to that state of mind you’re talking about. The first is to stop what I’m doing and be consciously thankful for the people in my life. I’m beyond blessed with my family and friends, and thinking about them instantly lifts my mood (am doing it right now as I type and happily grinning like an idiot – so thanks for the prompt!). And the beauty of this is I can do it anytime, anywhere – instant happy.
    The second takes a little more effort, but it’s basically going outside to play – preferably something on the water (paddle boarding or kayaking) but hiking or biking works wonders, too.
    I love your posed question: shouldn’t I feel great now? Yes, yes and yes.
    Cheers!

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      I am right there with you on the gratitude for so many blessings in life, the one major one being family. And, now that I read your response, I am grinning too!

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  3. Amy
    Amy says:

    I love the way you think, and write. The realness of what you said does shed light on darkness. Why can it be so hard to be happy? I love when you give the above skills to characters. Reading and watching helps to let the messages sink in, and doing what you discuss above takes practice. It also takes repetition in things we see every day.

    My niece had a post yesterday that relates to this from the dark side. Her post was in relation to a very sad local story and two of her main thoughts were:

    – The ability of the brain to deceive itself is both fascinating and terrifying.
    – Please remain open to the idea that we are all worthy, lovable, and desperately needed in this world, whether our brains believe that right now or not. Be kind to each other, be kind to yourself, and go ahead and eat two Oreos, just to show your brain you know what’s up.

    Thank you for this blog.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      In honor of your niece’s wisdom, I’m going to eat some cookies today. (I wish Oreo’s made gluten-free ones because if they did, I’d totally be eating those!)

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  4. Joanna Darrell
    Joanna Darrell says:

    Another wonderful post Suzie and a really interesting question !!

    Feeling great – well I have a “go to book and girl” in my life that can always, always, ALWAYS cheer me up and make me feel great. So, I’m actually a very lucky woman. But in terms of feeling free, or just joyous, one of the best things I do is go kite surfing down at my local beach. The sensation of being weightless for a few moments, coupled with the exhilaration of the speed, water (hopefully sun) on my face. just heaven. Then there’s the beach itself. there’s nothing better than walking on sand and looking back at the disappear with the waves to remind you to off the temporary nature of things and to concentrate on the now. Just my go to place for that feeling and somewhere to spend as much time as I can.

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