-When my house is clean I am always in a good mood.
-I feel better about how my day is going to turn out if I can get out of the house on time (early is better) without any major incidents from my kids or the dog. (whining, puking, toothpaste in the carpet, forgetting to get dressed, etc)
-Getting enough sleep is key. I am a horribly crabby person when I'm tired.
-Exercising regularly and keeping my energy level up always improves my disposition.
-If things start to turn sour I give myself a little pep talk. "Today will be a good day because I am in control. The outcome of my day does not depend on how my environment acts around me, it depends on my choice to react to my environment". If it starts to get really bad I weigh the Big Sh@#, Little Sh$% Factor. This is when I stop and ask myself "Is this really Big enough to be mad about an hour from now? How about 24 hours from now? If not, is it worth being mad about at all?"
at 10:28 AM on Jan. 20, 2010