“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy:
They are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom.”
Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922)
What if there were really just five things that lead to happiness in life? Could you do them each day? Would you want to do them each day? Today’s post is about the five primary things a person can do each day to bring a stronger sense of well-being, contentment, and happiness into life.
DEVOTE time to family and friends. Today what can you do to devote time to your family and friends? As I have shared before in this blog series my contentment habit is to spend 5 minutes each day setting up connection points with friends, then of course, savoring those events when they take place. Typically I set up a lunch date for a few weeks out, thinking “too bad I have to schedule so far out”, but so often finding the timing to be perfect. By taking inspired action, then settling into what naturally works and not forcing things, I seem to align with a universal timing that blesses me beyond what I could have ever planned.
APPRECIATE what you have. Gratitude and appreciation of what already exists fosters sustained feelings of well-being, contentment and happiness. Right now pause to appreciate 5 things, people, or opportunities you have right now in your life. Do not merely acknowledge them, but savor them. Note the positive emotional states they evoke. Express your appreciation. We have all been blessed, when we can pause to appreciate your own blessings we find a place of contentment and gratitude.
MAINTAIN an optimistic outlook. Optimism is not about PollyAnna-ing our way through life, ignoring the things that need to change, and avoiding any negative emotion. Optimism is one’s ability to look at the more favorable side of events or conditions and expect the most favorable outcome. Optimism is an energy giving personality trait and learned behavior. Be the positive energy source in your life and the lives of those you interact with by being the optimistic perspective.
FEEL a sense of purpose. Feeling a sense of purpose means one needs to claim a purpose. There are many seeking their sense of purpose when all along it is right at their fingertips waiting to be seized. Feeling a sense of purpose means we follow the inner callings, we seize the opportunities, and we fully embrace giving to others. Too often we talk ourselves out of seizing our purpose, because to seize our purpose is to make ourselves available to others in much greater ways. A sense of purpose is how we give ourselves to others. Our purpose is how we make our presence known in this world and how we commit to blessing others. Commit to your purpose and allow the blessings to flow through you.
LIVE in the moment. Breathe in. Breathe out. Acknowledge your surroundings. Enjoy the activities of the moment. Capture the mental distractions for another time. Breathe in. Breathe out. Engage with those around you. Fully listen. Fully participate in the conversation. Breathe in. Breathe out. Focus on the project at hand. Work on things that match your build new skills and pique your interest. Get in the flow and be swept away in the current. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Today’s Simple Smile Igniter is to seize the day from these five perspectives. If you are at work or at play today, or a combination of both incorporate a bit of all these into your day and notice how you fall deeper in love with the life you have been blessed with.
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