For my independent learning project, I chose to learn about myself and ways to be a happier me. One boundary I put on myself was that I would only choose things that other people could follow. I wouldn’t jump on a plane and travel for 2 weeks, as much as I’d like to, because that’s not something everyone could do. I wanted my project to be little things that people felt comfortable doing to help change their day to day life.
I’ve been working in clothing stores for about the last three years and one thing an old boss said to me was, “even if you aren’t feeling the best get up and get dressed. If you look better, you will feel better.” I’m not going to lie, this is a concept I have struggled with especially with early classes. I decided to look back and compare days where I got dressed and days where I stayed in sweatpants all day. I then moved forward with a little experiment in dressing nicely for the week and I have to say I completely agree with the saying. It made a difference in my daily attitude and overall productivity.
On days where I would get up and get ready (shower, get dressed, makeup, etc.) right away I was way more productive. I would get to class earlier, get more homework done, and was often just in a better mood. On days where I maybe wasn’t feeling as good or had little motivation and I would get out of bed, throw some sweats on and go about my day I wasn’t as productive and didn’t feel as good about myself. When you feel good about your appearance that reflects into your attitude. You have more self confidence and feel capable of completing any task in front of you. When you feel good about how you look you are motivating yourself to be the best version of you. Being confident leaves little room for doubt. to your personal happiness. Your happiness can not be based on anyone’s opinion but your own, so put on your favorite outfit and have an awesome day!