Last week I read a great post on Cora’s My Little Tablespoon blog that really struck a cord with me. She talked about giving yourself small gifts each day in order to make you a happier and more positive person. Read her post here: Creating a Life You don’t Want to Run Away From.
I think as a whole, our culture very much glorifies being busy. Even if we aren’t particularly busy, we busy ourselves with social media, texting, gossiping, and living with our phones chained to our hands. I think it’s so important that we remember that it’s okay to just be. Take a breath, look up from your phone, and just enjoy being.
This summer and onward, I’m hoping to challenge myself to relax with no particular agenda when I need a break. No phone, no laptop, no internet, and just being. Time to think, time to reflect, time to catch up with someone face to face, time to spend with loved ones; time unplugged on a daily basis.
In the post, she mentions 4 questions she was challenged to answer for herself. One of them being: “What are 10 things I need to be happy?”. Here’s what I came up with for myself; I challenge you to answer this on your own.
- Time outdoors
- Time to myself
- Dark chocolate 😀
- Delicious food
- Room and Space to be creative
- Time away from my usual schedule/a break from the everyday mundane routine
Sometimes being happy and positive isn’t easy. It’s easier to complain and always say ‘I’ll be happy when…”. I’m guilty of this myself too! But, if you really take time to sit down and make a list, you’ll see it’s the little things that make a person happy.
I’m going to challenge myself to incorporate these 10 things as often as I can for my daily gifts. I’m not going to keep telling myself “I’ll be happy when…” but instead I’m going to try to be present in the now and being happy in my present state. Being positive and being happy is a choice. I’m going to try and choose to be happy in my current situation. I have too much to be thankful for to be ungrateful.
Thanks again to Cora for such a beautiful post. It was just what I needed to hear last week! I hope you’ll check out her post, it’s wonderfully written!
How do you stay positive? What are three things you need to be happy?
Tell me in the comments below!