Enjoy the little things
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Enjoy The Little Things

October 7, 2017

This is Day 7 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days to an Authentic Life.
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Happy.

 

It’s a word we each hope will describe our life.

Fortunately, happiness is within the reach of each one of us if we’ll but take hold of it and refuse to let it go, regardless of our current circumstances. I recall a time many years ago when I was going through a difficult time. Periodically, I’d call my mom to discuss with her my current set of challenges and express how unfairly life was treating me. She would listen patiently and then ask the question she always asked,

 

Have you served anyone lately?

 

I knew she was right, that serving someone else and focusing on their needs rather than my own would bring me closer to my authentic self and would provide the happiness I was seeking. I always chose to heed her counsel and, guess what? It worked!

Now, when I think back to that period of my life, the difficult moments I had during that time are surpassed by the countless happy memories that came from choosing to see the good in the world and reaching out to help another person in their time of need. My struggles didn’t disappear altogether, and I would eventually fall back into my old patterns of discouragement, but my mom was always there with her gentle reminder, “Have you served anyone lately?”

 

It’s the little things in life that seem to bring the most happiness.

 

Amy Spencer wrote a wonderful book entitled, Happy Life Checklist.

In the book, she includes Happy Life Checklists with simple activities that fall under the following categories:

Vitality

Wonder

Comfort

Delight

Thriving

Love

Effervescence

Tranquility

Confidence

Grace

 

Each activity listed has the potential to increase our level of happiness in this life. And our level of authenticity.

If you could use an extra dose of genuine happiness in your life, try out a few of her suggested activities that encourage authenticity and see if you don’t feel noticeably happier!

 

  1. Dance
  2. Sing out loud
  3. Laugh out loud
  4. Be mindful
  5. Be adventurous
  6. Come up with your own unique tradition
  7. Be enthusiastic
  8. Live in the present
  9. Speak positively
  10. Take a step toward a “dream”
  11. Hug 2 seconds longer
  12. When you think of them, contact them
  13. Show compassion
  14. Build someone else up
  15. Praise a child
  16. Send a handwritten card
  17. Be curious. Ask questions.
  18. Accept help
  19. Master something
  20. Have courage
  21. Be content
  22. Don’t judge
  23. Make food to share with others
  24. Look people in the eye when you say thanks
  25. Leave your phone at home
  26. Stop and smell the roses
  27. Name a benefit you’ve gained from a difficulty you’ve faced
  28. Find your flow and get lost in the moment
  29. Use your gifts for good
  30. Show your vulnerability

 

If you’re encouraged by these ideas, you might enjoy reading the rest of her list HERE.

Living a happy, authentic life is a decision we face each day of our lives. Regardless of our current circumstances, let’s choose to be happy.

Day 7 Challenge: Choose a simple activity to incorporate into your day that will bring you an added measure of happiness. Make it a habit to incorporate such activities into your everyday life. Ask yourself, “Have I served anyone lately?”

 

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  1. OH!! I LOVE THIS!!!!

    It’s absolutely true. When I’m feeling down, it’s usually because I’m all wrapped up in my own stuff. If I look outside of myself and help others, I snap out of it. Service is key. What’s your favorite way to serve others?

    Keep up the awesome work!!!

    1. “Snap out of it and serve others.” I like it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sarah. One of my favorite ways to serve others is to invite them into my home and around my table where we can be real and authentic with one another. What is your favorite way to serve others?

  2. Enjoyed reading this post <3 I always felt like I fulfilled that part of my heart/soul because I was teaching. I was always serving my little ones. I think that's why I'm feeling lost right now.

    1. You’re right, Divya, teaching is such a noble form of service. I feel lost, too, when I don’t have opportunities to teach.

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