It’s a few days late, but the message is all the same! Have a wonderful week finding happy one day at a time!
Week Three already! that’s too crazy to me. It’s been a busy week with chasing dreams and make lists and taking steps towards our goals!! I’m so excited you are following along and hope you continue to make steps toward the definition of your happy and never stop believing in the you that is amazing.
Some of you may be at a point of asking yourselves or me why I do this and is it making a difference? Truthfully, when I’m asked these questions, I smile before I respond because as I contemplate my answer, I can actually picture in my mind how I feel writing these posts. I can honestly say, that writing this, writing every week to remind you that you are amazing makes my heart full of happy, and if I can put out even a small percentage of what I’m feeling back into the universe, and into the lives of those who read this, I feel I am on the right path for me. I write as a reminder to you that that the feeling I explain is absolutely without a doubt possible for you too. You are amazing, and you have abilities beyond your understanding, and I will continue to remind you of that every day.
So this week, while I still want to focus on our goals and positive thinking, I’d like to sprinkle in some gratitude and kindness along the way. We can never be too thankful for the goodness in each of our lives and you can never be too kind to those around you. Small, large, quiet or dramatic, we all have blessings that fill our lives with love, joy, laughter and happiness. Let’s take a day or EVERY day this week and reflect on each one and remember that no matter how we may be feeling, even a glimmer of light and hope is a glimmer and that is something to be grateful for.
So here we are, week three. Let’s begin…
Day 1 – Monday
Get Out Those Journals for Some Gratitude. We’ve started each week in September with our journals, so I figured why not keep to the tradition. Let’s take a flashback to last month and make a list of all you are grateful for today. These can be as simple as your hot coffee, but be grateful for all of the perfect, imperfect, crazy, calm things in your life. Each and every aspect brings something important whether it is a lesson not yet learned or the piece that finishes your puzzle. Gratitude will fill your heart with love and allow you to move through the day with a gentle stride.
Take a Step Toward Something on Your Bucket List. Just like acknowledging and writing down your goals, it’s only a list if you don’t take steps toward it. You’ve listed items that you want to accomplish before you leave this earth, now look at that list, take it in, pick one and make one baby step or the whole plan toward accomplishing it. Research the how, and make a plan! Your time to start is now!!
We are not promised tomorrow so live today and love each moment
Sprinkle Some Kindness. Today let’s sprinkle some kindness and give out some compliments!! Tell someone how their smile brightens your day or how their shoes are cute or you appreciate them. Sprinkle some kindness today and not only will you make someone else’s day you’ll make yours as well!!
Acknowledge the Negative and Detox. Last week we discussed acknowledging a bad habit and making steps toward squashing it. This week, I’m going to discuss something a little more difficult, people. Do you ever leave a conversation with someone and feel worse about yourself and your situation than you did before? Is there someone in your life that does nothing but bring you down with their negative energy making you feel exhausted after talking to them? If so, it’s time to acknowledge it and set boundaries and possibly permanent ones. You are allowed to be happy and if someone is taking that from you, you are allowed to stop it. If you don’t have this in your life, that’s awesome, today, focus on breaking a bad habit.
Do Something Healthy for Your Body. Yep, I think I’m making this an every week think 😉 Get yourself moving, drink more water, eat a little healthier, drink alcohol a little less. As I say, baby steps are still steps. Now that you’ve been doing it every week, maybe set a goal, like train for a 5k or adding another day on the calendar to run or workout or just take a walk. I can’t repeat it enough your physical health is important to your mental health and with the gloomier days of winter around the corner, there’s no better way to ward off the blues than getting the blood flowing.
Give Back/Volunteer/Pay it Forward. It’s Saturday and you know what that means!! It’s a fantastic day to give back. This is a weekly task and will continue to be for good reason. When we give back to others the feeling that fills you up is inexplainable. It is a completely different level of happy because you are giving happy to another. This can be done simply, or it can be dedicated time in the day, however you want to do it, but do something for someone else today, without expecting anything in return.
**Remember, these acts of kindness do not have to be extravagant. Pay for a coffee, carry some groceries, donate, volunteer or just be kind without expecting anything in return.
Reflection/Self-Care. Love this day. Today is the day to connect with your why and your inner thoughts and emotions. Today is the day to remember the amazing person you are. Spend this day to take a moment to reflect on your week, and on why you chose to practice positive. Use this day to meditate, pray, read, sleep, or just sit in the quiet to calm your mind, hear your heart, and connect to yourself so you are ready for the week ahead. I know life can get busy, but please do not skip this day, it’s so very important for your well-being and for your soul.
***Please share some good books, I’m looking for a new one to read!!
You have choices in your life and you are in control of your feelings, your reactions and your path. Choose kindness, choose gratitude and choose YOU because you deserve it. Don’t be afraid of change, don’t be afraid of dreaming and don’t be afraid to be the true you. Spread the love and know you are loved😊
As usual, I will be posting on the Finding Happy One Day at a Time Facebook Page throughout the week to check in on you all and would love to hear from you so don’t be shy!! Keep writing in your journals, it’s so important!! Thank you for sticking with me or just joining me on this journey, it is my hope to persuade you to alter your thoughts, even a little, in a more positive direction, while you help me find my happy too!!