“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”
I had a great weekend, I hope you did too. Friday evening I saw the Buena Vista Social Club in concert where their rousing Cuban music had the audience dancing in the aisles. These great senior musicians (the featured female singer is 83) were amazing. It was almost two hours of non-stop joy with no intermission. If that was not enough I watched one of my grandsons in a city soccer tournament on Saturday where he made two assists and scored one goal and won the game. They play another semi-finalist team tonight.
Best of all I had a Daily reader report that a relative who is also a reader has made some positive life style changes so that she can enjoy some of the pleasure you and I share every week day. It does not get much better than that. After I savored that news and it reminded me of an article by Sherry Richert Belul offering tips on finding more joy in life. Here is what she wrote that, I edited for size, I hope it helps those who want more out of life:
8 Simple Ways to Celebrate and Find More Joy Everyday
If you’re not living each day in a way that brings you happiness, then take a look at this 8 joyful tips below and brighten up your daily routine!
Play Dead – I know this may feel counterintuitive, but the first way to practice joy is to remind yourself every morning that you are going to die and everyone you love will die. Wait! Don’t go. Read on! When we remember that our days are limited and that at any moment we could lose someone we love, we bring more attention to what a gift life is. Thinking of death doesn’t have to be morbid; it can be a reminder of how much we love and who we want to be while we’re here.
Give Thanks – Every morning take the time to list 10 things you’re grateful for. You’ve heard it 1000 times before. And there’s a reason for that. What we focus on expands. When we focus on what we have, we feel good. And we start looking for more things to appreciate. And we find more things. And we feel even better. When you make your list, and as you go about your day, try to include things you take for granted — like being able to see, the car starting, running water, heat, having a bed, your child’s creative mind.
Inspire Ourselves – Face it; there is a lot of negativity out there in the world. It’s key to seek out the beauty and inspiration we want in our life. To consciously create our own sense of well-being. Here are a few ways to inspire yourself:
• Spend just 10 minutes in the morning playing music, reading or writing poetry, laughing with your children, dancing, reading good fiction, or walking out in nature.
• Pay attention to messages you are hearing inside or outside of your head. Consciously turn your attention elsewhere when something negative crops up. Do this over and over and over.
Energize and Revitalize – There’s no separation between our bodies and our emotional states. Make it key to be healthy. Eat well, sleep well, and exercise. Seek ways to feel energetic. Energy=joy.
Create extraordinary Moments – Consciously choose to make someone feel great or to create a beautiful moment for yourself.
Seek an Adventure – One simple joy that we often forget about occurs when we break out of our rut and challenge ourselves, even in the smallest of ways. I have a coaching client who told me one day that he was dedicated to doing something differently every day for a week. Driving a different route, going someplace new for lunch, wearing clothes he didn’t normally wear. Try it.
Elevate the Ordinary – Buddha said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Often what creates a real feeling of joy is simply that we are present to life.
Celebrate – At the end of the day, spend just 5 or 10 minutes making a list of everything that went right. What did you do that made someone smile? What electronics didn’t break? Were you able to walk/see/think? Did you have a connection with your spouse or child? Did you make someone feel great or create an extraordinary moment for them? Don’t let these things go unnoticed. Celebrate yourself and your life.
“Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
The junior executive had been complaining to his wife of aches and pains. Neither one could account for his trouble. Arriving home from work one night, he informed her, “I finally discovered why I’ve been feeling so miserable. We got some ultra-modern office furniture two weeks ago and I just learned today that I’ve been sitting in the wastebasket.”
Don’t wait for the funeral to say something kind or nice about someone.
A lawyer had successfully handled a difficult law case for a wealthy friend. Following the happy outcome of the case, the friend and client called on the lawyer, expressed his appreciation of his work and handed him a handsome Moroccan leather wallet.
The lawyer looked at the wallet in astonishment and handed it back with a sharp reminder that a wallet could not possible compensate him for his services. “My fee for that work, ” acidly snapped the attorney, “is five hundred dollars.” The client opened the wallet, removed a one-thousand dollar bill, replaced it with a five-hundred dollar bill and handed it back to the lawyer with a smile.
“Happy laughter and family voices in the home will keep more kids off the streets at night than the strictest curfew.”
More from the hospital charts makes you wonder.
The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
Healthy-appearing decrepit 69-year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
The patient has no past history of suicides.
The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.
She said, my mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was on Jury duty… They sent her home. She insisted SHE was guilty.
What the Store-employees really mean…
1. “Can I help you get a size?” Don’t touch that, I just spent an hour folding it and I don’t need your hands messing it up again.
2. “Do you need help with anything?” Quick, my manager is coming around the corner and I need to look busy.
3. “Welcome to <<Store Name Here>>” Good, another customer to mess up my entire store just to buy a pair of socks.
4. “Have a nice day!” Now that you ruined mine
5. “Thank you for shopping at <<Store Name Here>> “Thanks for emptying your wallet with us!
6. “Do you need a shopping cart to help you carry your items?” The more you can carry, the more you can buy!
7. “I love your shirt! Where did you get it?” Your shirt is much nicer than the clothes we sell here, why are you even shopping here?
8. “Can I help you get something down?” I’ll get a ladder and put it up for you since this other nice customer put in the absolute wrong place.
9. “Don’t worry about folding it, I can do it” You would just mess it up again if you folded it.
10. “No, we don’t have any more in the back” I just don’t want to check
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumblebee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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