I have just one resolution for the new year: Get a daily dose of joy.
If you haven’t decided what to resolve for 2016, maybe this one is for you.
If those uplifting moments of joy don’t come to you automatically without thinking your about them, then it’s up to you to create them for yourself.
Look for smiles on the faces of others; give a smile to someone you don’t know or a hug to someone you do. Go outside, take a deep breath and smell the fresh air. Pick a flower or plant one; look at it up close and really see it, and if it has a fragrance, inhale deeply.
Look up and see the blue sky and white clouds, the sunrise or sunset; look for the moon, planets, and stars in the dark night sky. Take a walk in nature and just look around—beauty and joy is everywhere!
Be creative: throw colorful paint onto a canvas, make something—anything because it doesn’t matter what it is or how it turns out. The joy is in expressing yourself.
Cook or order a nice meal, take a picture of it so you can appreciate it. People sometimes laugh at me when I take photos of food, but I know that what I’m doing is truly appreciating the beauty of it (like a work of art) and the fact that this is about to be gone from sight in minutes. This food will nourish me and become part of my body—the body I honor as a gift from God. I try to do my best to nurture not only my body, but also my mind and spirit. Loving myself is a reflection of loving what God has created – me!
Taking in as many moments of joy as I can is a way to treat myself with loving kindness. Creating moments of joy for others is a way of treating them with loving kindness. We all need and deserve it.
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year, overflowing with peace, joy, and love.
I invite you to browse my website CWLauro.com to see what might brighten your day and help you gain The Inside Advantage.
Thank you for joining me on this life journey. See you next time…
Blessings, Love & Light,
Touch a Heart with TIA
Copyright 2015 Cathy W. Lauro