We’ve heard it all before, heck, we might have said it to others before we hang up the phone! What am I talking about? Well, it’s when we say “good day” to others. Sure, we’ve all said that at some point in time, and sure, it’s great to be wishing our fellow man to have a good day ahead of them, but what does that even mean? And why do we keep saying it?
Saying good day has been considered as one of the best ways to end a conversation; as a goodbye. It’s short, courteous, and sounds rather comforting, but if you were to take it in the literal sense of the word and actually wishes someone you were just talking to have a good day, what does a good day really mean to them?
Everyone has their own version of a good day. As a matter of fact, the things that constitute a “good day” is so subjective that it not only varies from one person’s perspective to another but also that it will vary based on the most minor of factors. In other words, there is no objective metric of what a good day is and isn’t.
But here’s the thing, we always seem to know intuitively if we had a good day or not. Sure, this probably has nothing to do with someone’s well wishes for us, but having a good day, for me anyway, has more to do with how I feel at the end of the day as I reflect on the things that I’d done during the day. Whether I’d had a successful meeting with a client or a good experience with a job interview, any one of these things can contribute to what I personally call a good day, and to have as many of these good days is a goal that many of us strive to achieve.
The idea of a “good day” has always been interesting to me. The beauty of it, for me at least, is that it’s always changing; it’s never the same. What you’d consider a good day today might just be a normal day for you in the next few days or few years. Where my definition of a good day would be a great workout in the morning, no traffic on the way home, ideas flowing as I begin to write for my blog, and maybe a few new prospects. Either for a job or for a new client and a very relaxing evening. These are the things that make up a good day for me, but it may very well be different for you, and yes, I’ve realized that even in my closest friends, their definition of a good day could vary wildly and that’s perfectly fine. No one thinks alike, and therein lies the beauty of it.
But here’s what I’ve recently realized; exercise can really improve how you feel throughout the day. You don’t need to be lifting heavy in the morning to get this feeling. In fact, you can simply go on a walk for a while and you’ll feel the effects right away. Personally, I feel that nothing is quite as satisfying as going on a walk after a weightlifting session and hitting the shower. That feeling of the relatively cold water on my skin just helps me feeling fresh and energized to take on the rest of my day. Doing this also helps me get a clearer mind, something that I’ve taken for granted but has now had a newfound appreciation for. This is also why I put my workouts early in the morning. Though it’s true that waking up that early can be hard, as with every new habit that you’re trying to build, it’s not as hard as you think it is.
You can also try to figure out what defines a good day for you and try to note down the things that make it a good day. Once you do this, you can then try to reverse-engineer that feeling of having a good day and have it anytime that you want. It won’t work all the time, but it’ll do the trick most of the time. You can build a new routine based on the things that you’ve noted and just try to stick to it for a while, and once that becomes the norm for you and it stops feeling as great as it did when you first started, just switch it up. It’s normal for us to want different things after some time and you should take that into consideration as none of these things are carved in stone. Do that, and have a good day.