We all have them – a friend who regularly posts supposedly uplifting mantras online or drops them into conversation, but more often than not they have no relevance to modern life or don’t make sense (you know the type: ‘the shilling is worth a pound to those with no wheat’ etc.). Obviously you’re allowed to ignore them or snort and roll your eyes BUT just because they’ve chosen something nonsensical doesn’t mean you should dismiss the power of an uplifting quote or phrase altogether.
A quick meaningful line really CAN make you feel better when it means something to you and rings true to your current situation. In our Happy book we recommend jotting down a couple of phrases/reminders on post-it notes and secreting them away where you can find them when you need them. When you feel low, stressed or anxious your rational mind can take a back seat and an inspirational phrase that relates to how you feel can give you a much needed dose of reassurance.
Another good idea is to set alarms on your phone to go off during the day with positive messages. Hearing a quick buzz and then seeing ‘You’re doing brilliantly’/’just keep smiling’/’keep it up’ on your phone can’t fail to make you feel a tiny bit happier. It’ll also serve to remind you of the positivity you wanted to channel when you scheduled the alarms.
Below are a selection of quotes/phrases/mottos that I think are universal and that will strike a chord with everyone no matter what their situation. Jot them down somewhere and flick to them when you need a quick pick me up or a reminder that you can do it, you can feel happier and you’re absolutely not alone:
Nothing’s ever embarrassing if you laugh at yourself
You are never stronger than when you land on the other side of despair (Zadie Smith)
The beginning is always today (Mary Shelley)
You can, you should and – if you’re brave enough to start – you will (Stephen King)
Whether you say you can’t or you can, you’re right (various people!)
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage (Anais Nin)
Every minute you remain angry, you’ve wasted 60 seconds of peace of mind
You miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t take
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity (Amelia Earhart)
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now (Chinese proverb)
80% of success is showing up (Woody Allen)
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel (Maya Angelou)
Either you run the day or the day runs you
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing (Aristotle)
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear (George Addair)
Life is too short to wait