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5 Simple Ways to Turn a Crappy Day into the Best Day Ever

have a great day

How nice would it be if you could have a great day every day, pretty awesome right?

Well, you know they don’t come daily. It’s usually like every once in a while. But why is that?

If something is that good wouldn’t you want it as often as possible? Of course you would. You’d be crazy not to.

Now that you know what you want, it’s all about making it happen.

For a long time all I would seem to have were mediocre to bad days, rarely any good. And to be perfectly honest with you I can’t even remember any good ones.

All the ones that stand out in my mind do because they were the craziest. Every day was like a stressful mess.

One day in particular that pops out in my memory is the day my puppy jumped over the fence. And that was only the beginning.

One morning, like every other, I let her out into the backyard before heading into the shower. It was like I was on auto-pilot, I reviewed all the things I had to do that day and complaining to myself about it.

After leaving the bathroom I went into the kitchen. As I was standing at the sink I looked out of the window to see what my pup was doing.

She was all the way at the furthest end of the yard but she looked like she was in the neighbor’s yard. I went to the back door to take a better look. I thought I was bugging out. But she was indeed on the other side of the chain link fence.

I ran into the backyard in my pajamas and slippers hoping that it was a sleepy mirage that would fade away as I got closer, but it didn’t. She started running around and the fence was still between us.

She must’ve thought we were playing tag because as soon as I got all the way to the fence she bolted to the front of the neighbor’s yard.

In my mind I was thinking, great I’m outside completely underdressed for the weather now I have to climb a fence to get my hyper little puppy. I didn’t even have breakfast yet.

Now, I’m not a morning person so I don’t wake up early enough for such catastrophes. So as you can imagine I was running late. After enlisting the help of my husband, we got our dog.

At this point I’m still running late for work, even after forgoing most of the other things I had yet to do in my routine.

When I finally got to work I was hoping I’d be able to salvage the day and deal with my puppy with Spiderman capabilities later. Then I found out we were talking pictures for work IDs that morning.

Fantastic, the morning that I wanted to forget forever will now be indefinitely documented via my appearance on my ID. Remember how I said I had to skip most of my morning routine after waking up tired, well it showed.

I was gripping all morning and it had been a disaster. By the end of the day I just had more to complain about.

On the wrong foot

I didn’t even notice this negative behavior until after something else happened and I added that to my list of gripes. The list just got longer and my complaints more of my focal point.

The issue was I was starting my day off all wrong. Before anything even happened, after only getting out of bed I was complaining.

I think because I did it to myself and I didn’t involve others this is what took me so long to realize it. I’m sure if I were saying it aloud it would’ve been more noticeable. I guess I also thought because I kept it to myself it wasn’t that bad.

But the truth is it was just as bad. I was still doing it, regardless of the method.

I was starting myself off on the wrong foot every morning. I didn’t even know where it came from but I was doing it without thinking. It had become a part of my routine.

While I was trying to figure out where it all started I realized that it was a bad habit I picked up from someone.

Every morning, straight from getting out of the bed without talking to anyone this person had an attitude. They day just couldn’t start off right.

I guess my version was a bit toned down because I kept it in instead of imposing it on others. I think I did that because I didn’t like being on the receiving end of the attitude.

The best day ever

Once I realized that the negative behavior was the common denominator in all my horrid days I did a little tweaking.

Whenever you find yourself drifting into a negative, place focus on something good, even if it’s something small. Just find a way distance yourself from the negativity.

How your day goes impacts what you are able and willing to do. When you’re having a bad day you end up feeling so defeated that you just want to throw in the towel before the day is even over.

When you can have the best day ever, every day you’ll be more motivated to get even more done. Best thing of all, you’ll be in a great frame of mind to tackle your to-do list and make your dreams a reality.

Putting yourself in a positive place sounds easy enough but it can be kind of difficult figuring out how to do it daily. So here are a few simple ways you can use to get started.

1. Take in something inspiring

Being motivated and inspired are important parts of a great day. Find something that pumps you up and puts you in a good mood to start the day.

Whether it be a song that gets you fired up or an inspiring story that reminds you of the good in the world, make it a part of your routine.

2. Determine what your next move is

A long list of things to do can be overwhelming, especially if it is constantly being pushed from one day to the next. With an extensive list it can be hard to complete everything on it in one day.

Figure out what is the single most important thing you have to accomplish that day and do that first and foremost. Then once you’re done with it move on to other things on your list.

This way you’ve taken care of your priority and anything else you’re able to get done is a bonus.

At the end of the day when you look at the items you were able to cross off the list you’ll feel really good and productive.

3. Be grateful

When you spend a lot of your time being annoyed and complaining about all the things that are not right and what you don’t have you tend to overlook what you do have. There is always something to be thankful for.

Take a moment to acknowledge the goodness around you and everything that has worked out for you already.

There are a lot of people in the world who have less than you do so be grateful.

Chin up buttercup, it’s not all bad! J

4. Check the ‘tude

When I used be out in public strangers would just randomly tell me to smile or do something to try to make me laugh. I couldn’t figure out why they were doing this to me.

Then I realized that when I was gripping to myself it showed in my facial expressions. When people saw me they probably thought I was miserable or sad which is why they were trying to cheer me up. It began to make sense.

When you’re changing a habit that is embedded in you it can be easy to slip back into old patterns without even realizing it. So every once in a while it’s good to do a check to make sure that your actions are in alignment with your intention.

5. Find someone you love

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go out and find someone. I’m just saying make some time for your loved ones.

There is a reason you were drawn to these people and you’ve developed such a relationship with them. Time with family and friends is always good and can turn into great memories. So spend some quality time with them, it’ll only enhance your day.

It can add up

Having a great day every day is possible but not completely effortless at first. Having the best day ever doesn’t mean you have to win the lottery or a trip to Disney World (although that wouldn’t hurt eitherJ).

You should have a great day every day so you can get through daily life and make it to the really awesome days. Remember every day contributes to the bigger picture so don’t let having a bad day turn into a bad week, month or year. A one-off incident shouldn’t push you back.

Why have a life of chaos and misfortune when you can easily have a good one?

 

Now to you…

What positive thing can you focus on each morning to start your day off right?

 

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  • Hi Lea,

    I’m the opposite, every day is a great day and I rarely have a bad one. But a week ago today I had a really really really bad day.

    I woke up to it raining in my closet and that had been probably going on a good four hours looking at the water damage already on my carpet. It continued to rain another five before the plumber could find the problem and clamp it off.

    I normally start each day going down my list of things I’m most grateful and thankful for but that morning started off with instant chaos. By the time I finally got my carpet ripped out, my floor dried and somewhat put back in place it was midnight. Know what I did though?

    I thanked God that it wasn’t worse and although it was a mess and was fixing to cost me a pretty penny to replace everything, I had a roof over my head and it was isolated in that one area. It could have been my entire house and the cost of the pipe leak could have been my responsibility too. It wasn’t thank goodness but the floor repair is mine.

    We always have something to be thankful for because stuff is just going to happen. It’s part of life right!

    Great attitude to have and suggestions for us Lea, thank you so much.

    Enjoy your week now.

    ~Adrienne

    • Lea

      Hey Adrienne,

      I can certainly understand why you didn’t have time to express gratitude that morning. What a way to wake up. That reminds me of when my roof was leaking right over my bed. I was happy it was only dripping though.

      That sounds like a long day. And honestly, now, I would have handled it the same way you did. When things are good but not quite ideal I still appreciate that it’s not worse. You can always be thankful for that.

      Yes, life is fully of surprises but we can minimize them based on how they are handled.

      Thanks for sharing your experience Adrienne, I can totally relate.

  • Great story and advice here! I’ve personally found practicing spiritual development methods (Praying or reading a book that grows my faith) really shapes my day for the better or positive. The practices we have in the morning time will come out throughout our day.

    • Lea

      They certainly do Dan. Morning routines have a way of shaping our day. You can pretty much mold it anyway you like, whether you realize it or not.

  • Pets are a fantastic pain. It’s been so long since I’ve had to deal with a dog, but now I have a cat and I can tell you that she’s a major pain too. She’s not jumping a fence or anything like that, but she has her moments, especially with her litter box that just drive me crazy.

    I love that point about making time for loved ones. I consider that extremely important for a good day. I always make time for my wife, even if it is just a little bit of time. It makes me feel so good to interact with her. Oh, I also try to make time for writing and reading. I always feel great when I do those things too.

    • Lea

      Yes, they truly are. I’ve never had a cat but I can imagine all pets have they’re quirks.

      A little bit does so a long way. Loved ones do have a way of soothing you.

  • Andrea Hewett

    Lea,

    This sounds like a day I had, not too long ago, involving a flat tire and a snowball effect that caused my entire family to be late or miss some time from work in one way or another! It was definitely not ideal…but while I have found myself grumbling about the things that go wrong (and that would have been a prime opportunity to do so) I chose that day to learn a lesson about the importance of letting others help you rather than tackling it all on your own and wrote about it in my guest blog (which was also cathartic and has the most comments to date!).

    I also took that opportunity to appreciate the fact that I got to see my husband for a short period of time (which has been few and far between with him working and going to school). So that day turned into a lot of positives for me because I looked at it in a positive manner.

    I just wanted to confirm that what you are saying has been evidenced in daily situations by me as well…when I let myself be in a bad mood, I find myself angry with others for stupid or trivial reasons. It is hard to find your way out of that!

    I really enjoyed your advice though and plan to implement it more often, especially the inspirational music or story. When my birthday was headed in the wrong direction, my son sang happy birthday to me on the way to school but he sang my first name instead of mom so I jokingly shouted “no” and made him sing it over and over until he sang mom (he kept making up combinations of my name and mom). We laughed all the way to school and for days after!

    Keep up the great work!

    Sincerely,

    Andrea

    • Lea

      Learning from crazy experiences is indeed helpful. It’s much better than continuing the cycle because it allows you to break it.

      That’s great! Seems like there were some good points. Sometimes you can miss those when you a bit upset, but you were in the right frame of mind.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences Andrea! Good to know I wasn’t alone.

  • ahmed ismal

    Hello, Lea.

    At the beginning the benefits that I have from this story, it gave me inspiration and motivated me. That what I want all the time, after got graduated for four years I felt depressed couldn’t do anything only stuck in a routine and even I don’t know myself anymore. but thanks lea for this lifting me up.

    • Lea

      Hi Ahmed,

      I’m so glad myy story inspired and motivated you! Please refer to it anytime you need a pick me up. Things will only get better.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  • Hi Lea,

    I loved your story..from the dog to the picture I laughed out loud! Sometimes we have days like this where things fumble up. But it is all in our attitude. I truly believe that having a grateful attitude works the best. It may take a while for a person to start, but when you really think of all you have from a nice cozy bed to running water….where many people in the world don’t have that……that’s the mindset of gratefulness.

    I’m grateful each and every day! No matter what the day brings, I have my family and of course my two awesome dogs. They are always good reminders of unconditional love. If I have a crazy moment, I just look at my hound’s face and he hugs me and licks me all over. Live doesn’t get better than that.

    When things go wrong..and life does that to us sometimes, we need to look at the “bright side of things”

    Thanks for a wonderful uplifting post,

    -Donna

    • Lea

      Hi Donna,

      He he, I’m glad you got a kick out of it. I was so annoyed but now I can look back and chuckle. I couldn’t agree with you more. Consciously being grateful has worked wonder for me. And the little things to add up to a whole lot.

      I know what you mean. Even when I’m feeling a little down, my doggy knows and comes over to comfort me.

      Exactly, there’s always a silver lining, you just might have to remind yourself of that.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Donna.

  • Junie

    Hi Lea,

    I love this post. It’s spot on, especially about starting the day wrong. When I do that everything else seems to go against me.

    This might sound crazy, but it’s true. I’ve got a purple jumper, and it’s one of my favourites. Anyway, every time I wear it, I always end up having an argument with my daughter. Then one day she said to me, “Why is it that every time you wear that jumper you’re so moody?” Obviously, I argued back and told her she was crazy and it wasn’t true.

    As it turned out, the next three time we argued, I was indeed wearing the jumper. I don’t know why there was a connection between my moods and the jumper. All I know is that I always had a bad day when I wore it. So, I made a conscious decision after that. I told myself that I won’t be moody again when I wear that jumper. Guess what? It worked. I’m even wearing it it today and I haven’t been moody once. In fact, I had a good day today.

    So, you’re right, there is always something that triggers our action. And it’s usually caused by us or our feelings, subconscious or otherwise.

    I hope you have a happy week full of good days. 🙂

    • Lea

      Hey June,

      Thanks so much! Exactly, it’s like you’re setting yourself up from the very start.

      Oh wow, that’s really interesting. How is it that your favorite top didn’t naturally compliment your day? It’s good that you were able to turn things around. I was waiting for you to say you decided to give it up. But I’m glad you still have it and it now compliments you in more ways than one 🙂

      Yup, we just have to look into it to determine what it is, just like you and I did.

      You too June, enjoy! And keep wearing that jumper!!

  • Hey Lea,
    For the daily shot of positive energy I always begin by repeating to myself…”I feel that something great and wonderful will happen to me today!” And it always shows up!
    Enjoy the day,
    Les Wallack

    • Lea

      Hi Les, with that kind of state of mind how could it not?! That’s a good way to kick start your day in the right direction.

      Have a nice weekend.

      • Junie

        I like that. 🙂

  • Navneet Teotia

    Hi Lea,

    You are very right about negative energy giving birth to even more negative energy. It just goes spiralling down once it is there and there seems to be no stopping it.

    You have provided a great list to turn it around here. First one is the one that usually works for me. I have a couple of videos that I like to watch and couple of quotes that I remember whenever I am having a bad day.

    And yes I completely agree with you on the attitude point. Not smiling back tends to portray that you are miserable even if you are not. Besides forcing a smile makes mood positive as well

    Thanks for sharing lea,

    regards
    Navneet

    • Lea

      Hi Navneet,

      It sure is. It’s like the snowball effect, the more it moves down hill the bigger it gets.

      Wow, that’s a great habit and way to deal with a bad day Navneet.

      Yup, and sometimes not smiling back at someone who smiles at you is rude. Thanks for commenting.

  • Great post!! It definitely rung true to some of my days. I usually get off to a bad start if I have to sit in traffic a long time — which is most of the time here in LA! Ha.

    I love your tips on getting off to a great start – especially taking in something inspiring. I’ve recently started a morning routine, which has helped tremendously. I focus on how I want my day to go and staying positive.

    Another big help, which I was expecting, was staying away from Social Media! Yikes! Facebook (and email) in the morning can kill your mood quickly.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Lea

      Thanks Jennifer! That’s a good way you start your day. I do something similar myself. Instead of complaining like I used to I think of the things I want to accomplish or think about how I’m going to do something.

      Social media does have it’s drawbacks. I used to waste so much time on there, sheesh.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Hi Lea,

    You are so right, one’s mindset is so powerful and when we choose to think positive it’s amazing what can happen.

    It’s interesting that it’s so easy for our minds to shift negative and we have to think and be intentional about being positive.

    I find that my great days happen when I’m determined to make them great. Every bad situation has a positive in it, we just have to choose to see it.

    Great post Lea! I really enjoyed it and I love being around positive people!!!

    Have a great weekend!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Lea

      Hi Don,

      It really is amazing. Funny how something so powerful can be achieved in such a simple manner.

      I think your default mindset has much to do with different influences in your life, like your environment. For many of us its very intentional but after a while I think it gets easier.

      Exactly Don. There’s is something good to take away from every situation, even the bad.

      Thanks so much!! Positive people are great and uplifting. Enjoy your weekend also!

  • It’s really a funny game you had wih your dog

    Placing the right mindset can skyrocket your day, I know it’s really
    gonna be difficult for a person like me to turn my crappy day into a
    good day.

    Whenever I’m being pissed off at the start of the day, my get moody
    all through the day, I really try as much as I can to smile with
    friends, but unfurtunately I can’t force my feelings to do otherwise.

    Starting the day with a right mindset is a sure tip to get a fun day along.

    I hope your puppy never tries such games with you any longere (lol)

    Thanks for sharing, do have a wonderful day ahead.

    • Lea

      Hey Larry – It can be hard but its not impossible. Whenever you notice yourself getting moody throughout the day, focus on something positive, that you can enjoy and your mood will begin to change back. The trick to making the mood change is being authentic, don’t fake it. Find something that really makes you feel better and allow it. Don’t force yourself not to laugh if it’s funny, have the laugh.

      When you fake happiness, or smiles, they fade quickly and you’re back where you started in no time flat.

      Thanks, its been smooth sailing so far so hopefully it will continue lol.

      Thanks again. Have a good week.

  • Hi Lea,

    For me #3 has the most effect.

    I took it one step further.
    When I’m angry or annoyed by something, I start intentionally being grateful for it and the bad feeling fades away in an instant.

    Thanks for a great post!

    • Lea

      Hey Benny,

      That’s a really interesting take on it. Especially since while there may be something positive about a bad thing, it typically hard to acknowledge in the beginning.

      Now, when something is bothering me, after brief venting, I quickly go into resolution mood. So I can get over it and get on with life. I like to put things like the behind me quickly.

      Thanks for sharing your tip.

  • Hey Lea

    Just today I was feeling everything is going wrong. But after reading this post I promptly followed the two tips and now feeling great. This is called instant remedy with big impact.

    I would refer #3 and #5. I was just thinking what I have to do now and in coming year. I was near around frustration to feel oh I need to do that much to achieve my targets.

    All of sudden I grab the idea of be grateful from your post and I started counting what I have achieved so far. I was smiling while counting my each achievement. When I was doing all this my family was with me and that was another tip #5 as you mentioned to turn the bleak day into the brightest one.

    Thanks for sharing and keep smiling as you are doing in your profile pic.

    • Lea

      That’s funny, I guess this post reached you in good timing 🙂

      I’m thrilled that the tips worked for you!! That’s wonderful, glad things are going well now!

      That’s great, sometimes you need that reflection. You did it once, you achieved all those things so even though it might look like a long road ahead now, you know you can definitely do it.

      Thanks Muba 🙂 I always try to keep a smile on my face. I appreciate your comment.

  • Hi Lea,

    That was wonderful indeed, and nice to see lots of Ahaians here already 🙂

    Yes, we ALL have bad days and somehow we tend to remember them a lot more as compared to the good ones! Being grateful for just waking up to a new day is essential I feel, and yes, taking up the toughest tasks the first thing in the morning ensures you have done a great deal, and the rest you can take up later, which ensures you remain productive too.

    Keeping a positive mindset is SO important, and we need to learn to let go of things that are beyond our control, as being humans we can only do the amount we can! Thinking negative is so easy, but the real courage lies in turning those negatives to positives, isn’t it? And the choice always lies in our hands, we just need to go with it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Lea

      Yes Harleena, we do. I think it has something to do with the emotional intensity etching it into our memories. Hopefully as a precaution to avoid it from happening again.

      I have definitely learned that if there is nothing that I can do about it I must let it go. Just hope for the best and move on. Exactly Harleena, it takes real creativity and perspective to pull the positive out of something negative.

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your week also!

  • Hi Lea,

    That’s too funny about the puppy. I can see him now running around all crazy…lol

    When my day starts off the wrong way the first thing I tell myself is this don’t determine my whole day. It’s something I learned years ago and I can actually say that it works.

    I love that you put on the list ‘determine your next move’ because that has helped me tremendously. When I do that my mind is at peace. I focus on completing one thing at a time. What also have helped me was making my do list for the day after my prayer that morning. I ask myself every morning, “what is one thing I would love to get done today?”

    How our day turns out is a choice. Just because it doesn’t start off right don’t mean we can’t have a good day.

    Thanks for another great post!

    • Lea

      Hi Vernon,

      Yeah, lol, I can laugh it off now but that morning I was upset, worried and everything in between. That’s my pup exactly, you must be one of my neighbors lol.

      That’s a great thing to remind yourself of. In the end, a single incident doesn’t have to ruin your day. I can testify to that also. I think its something about reminding yourself of that that brings you back to the right place mentally, almost like a reset button.

      That’s right, you still have the opportunity to turn things around as the day goes one. Thanks for sharing your tips, they’re wonderful!

  • Hi Lea,

    I love your title. I also like the fact that you start off by talking about putting yourself in the right mindset. Many times I have noticed over the years that when my mindset is not positive I look for any little thing to complain about. A positive mindset truly can put us in a place of peace and then the little things to not bother us as much.

    Being able to take a step back and figure out what is most important for you to accomplish that day is really important. With the right mindset you can think much clearer and realize that you do not have to be overwhelmed. Usually when I get overwhelmed I take a step back and try to focus on something positive and from there I can easily figure out what my biggest focus is for the day.

    We definitely should always keep things in perspective and one way to do that is to be grateful for what we have. When we look around us and see so many that are less fortunate, that alone should wake up us out of our no so wonderful attitude and mindset.

    Very good points you have here and it we follow the I believe we will have a lot better days and get more accomplished as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lea

      Hi Nathaniel,

      I’m glad you like the title. Me too, I experienced the same thing. When you’re in a negative space all the bad things just pop out at you. You are more resilient when you’re in a positive frame of mind.

      Yes, you can actually dismantle an overwhelm feeling by breaking things down. But you do have to have the right mindset going in, as you said.

      I completely agree with you. When I see someone having a hard time it causes me to reflect on my own situation.

      Thanks for sharing your tip on how you handle being overwhelmed.

  • HI Lea
    I really liked your first tip because anything we can do to shift our mindset is golden. Life is all about perspective, and we always have that choice available to us. Sure, we will have our moments when we get caught up, but if we can remember to take this conscious action more often, these moments are less frequent and less intense.

    • Lea

      Hey Kelli – Yes, it is definitely a choice, I’ve come to learn. And one I’m happy to make. I love that with perspective two people can look at the same thing and take different things from it.

      You’re absolutely right. And I think people can better handle life’s hiccups when they’re sporadic and less impactful.

  • Haha – that was the day they were taking photos for you IDs?
    I think #4 is especially powerful. Just trying to act positive has often, for me, resulted in being truthfully positive.

    • Lea

      Yeah, Loren. I’d be forever reminded of what happened that morning by looking at my appearance in the picture lol. I was just done before the day even started.

      #4 really speaks to me too. I feel like it helps bring it all together.

  • Hi Lea,

    Oh you had me so worried at the start of your story – but of course the good thing to focus on was that your pup ended up in your neighbor’s yard – and not on the road which was what I was so frightened you were going to say.

    Good idea “find someone you love”. When I’m feeling “down and useless” I remind myself how much my Mum and Dad look forward to their daily phone call from me.

    Very tempting to find myself a pup too – but I don’t think my lifestyle would be good for a pup, so I have to content myself with borrowing my son’s dog every so often.

    Thanks for some really useful tips.

    Joy

    • Lea

      Hi Joy – Yes I was so lucky even though the whole thing was a bit of a challenge. I was really thankful that she didn’t get much further and that I spotted her when I did. It could’ve been worse but I’m happy it wasn’t.

      Oh, that’s great. It nice that you are able to keep in contact with your parents daily.

      Joy, borrowing a dog is so much more convenient. That sounds like a great idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Hi, Lea,

    What a title – could’t help but check it out. 🙂

    Whew, I almost got depressed just reading that whole first section….. Ugh! lol A LITTLE tweaking? Absolutely, focus on something good, amen! If I didn’t start my day with Bible reading and prayer, I don’t know where I’d be – my heart or my head!

    Definitely need to find something to be grateful for – I couldn’t agree more! Well said.

    It can add up, you’re right! This is a great reminder to me to make sure I don’t start my day off wrong. I do have a lot of filters and habits in place to prevent that, but it’s a great reminder nonetheless.

    Thanks for the inspiring article, Lea, and I’ll talk to you soon.

    – Carol

    • Lea

      Lol, thanks Carol.

      Yeah, that day was surely a crazy encounter for me. It was just like one thing after another. At that point I knew there had to be something I could do.

      That is truly a great way to start the day Carol. Thanks for sharing.