A monday morning holiday
I was on holiday in a beautiful desert town called Barreal in Argentina. The sky was blue, and as I looked around, way off in the distance I could see the snow-capped Andes. Actually I could see for miles, and there wasn't a road, house or person in sight. Just nature, desert and, in the distance, those far-off mountains. I stood quite still, and I could hear the light rustle of the wind, and nothing else.
OK, now back to reality. It's Monday morning, you've had a great weekend, and you feel, well, a bit bleeeurgh.
There is a way to instantly change your mood on Monday mornings (or any other time). And that's by using the video function on your iPhone/laptop/camcorder, whatever it is you've got.
Next time you're somewhere amazing - shoot some video. Just a minute's worth. And then watch it when you need to lift your mood. It's that simple. Scientists have worked out that our brains don't differentiate between real experience and imagined experience. (Search for Pavlov's dogs for more info.) As a result, we can quickly and effectively take our minds to a more positive place on a Monday morning.
I recently met someone who lives by the sea. Every morning he stands at his window and looks at the waves for five minutes, and nothing else. It sounds an idyllic location, and he says that view sets him up for the day. Problem was, he found when he was away on business, he didn't have that view, and so didn't have his calming start to the day. So he took a video of the waves. And now he has his view wherever he is.
I've got two videos that I love on my phone. The first is the view from the desert town in Argentina. The second movie is just twenty seconds long, and I took it while at the Munich Oktoberfest. There I am, surrounded by friends, dancing on tables, goofing about, having fun on my friend Sam’s stag do. We’re having a great time. The happiness, the fun and the friendship makes me laugh every time I see it. It's amazing how good it makes me feel on Monday mornings...