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Snapback HACK! From Cranky to Happy!

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

May I introduce you to ROSS…

Well, I guess technically it’s R.O.S.S.

I’ll get to that in a minute…


When you are in a funk and you are ready to feel better, here is a quick way to turn that frown upside down.

Because the better the mood, the better the day!

When your mood needs improving…

Remember R.O.S.S.

RECOGNISE – Awareness is the first step to change. By recognising exactly what mood you are in, you then have the opportunity to change it.

OBSERVE – Notice how your mood makes you feel. Name your emotions and how you feel vs how you want to feel? Look at your posture and body language and how your mood affects those around you.

SCORE – Give yourself a score out of 10 (1 is the worst mood and 10 is the best) to get a measure of how your mood sits.

STRATEGISE – Look at your score and ask yourself what do you need to change to feel at least 2 points higher?

Let’s look at how this is applied to a real-life example…

I never used to like grocery shopping… the thought of it sent shivers down my spine… I would rather do four loads of washing than go to Coles or Woolies… I was anxious and moody.

One day I thought…. well if I changed my mood I might actually enjoy it so I applied the R.O.S.S. technique.

Step one RECOGNISE: I recognised that shopping for groceries was a mood changer for me.

Step two OBSERVE: When I observed myself, I noticed I became despondent and gloomy. My body language was negative; I slumped my shoulders, slowed down and frowned.

Step three SCORE: I scored the chore as a 3.

Step four STRATEGISE: To improve how I felt I decided that when I went to pick up my bags to go shopping, I would consciously change my body language. I put upbeat music on my drive to the shops. When I got to the shops I challenged myself to smile at everyone I passed.

And you know what happened… it didn’t seem so bad. I wouldn’t have rated it as a 10, but hey there was an improvement.

Some weeks later I decided to re-score my grocery shopping experience and was surprised to find I was actually enjoying it and scored it as an 8 out of 10. Try ROSS out for yourself and let me know how you go

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