It’s important to recognize the things that make us happy. I’m not talking about great endeavors, achievements, mountains and bridges, depending on how you look at them. I’m talking about the small things we experience every day and often miss, because we’re too fast, too blind or too deaf to notice them. I honestly hope that we get better in 2019 and become more appreciative of beauty, smiles and happiness around us. I know, it’s hard to see the positive, when we’re in a difficult situation, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Brain follows the emotions, so don’t forget you’re supposed to feel good, otherwise you fall in a vicious circle that is hard to escape. So find what it is that makes you happy and work on making the most out of it!
I write and draw, take notes, then I read again, save, list. A gratitude diary is a wonderful thing, because it stops the flow of thoughts, turning them into words and making sure we finally see the good things that surround us every day. Try it, it’s very simple, extremely therapeutic and useful beyond description.
Little things on my work desk
Erasers, pencils, color pencils, stickers, journal, pieces of paper, a calendar. There are many things and my world seems to be caught in them. I like to rearrange them, change them every once in a while, I like the order, and because I spend a lot of time on the computer, it’s important to me that what surrounds me is happiness. I can feel it, smell it and embrace it again and again.
Pictures and writings on the wall
Positive thoughts, pastel postcards, vacation photographs, trinkets. I keep things that make me happy nearby, I like to look at them, I love being part of this life story every day and I don’t want to forget, how many wonderful moments I’ve had and how many are still waiting for me. I believe in visualization and it seems useful having these nice pictures in front of me, because they stimulate imagination and help us rest.
I always type and so I’m quite focused on my hands. I like to keep them neat, which is why I choose the shade of my nail polish carefully, I take care of my skin, play around with colors and do something for my soul. The time I spend doing my nails is always a pleasure, never a burden. I pick the colors according to the way I feel, there are lots of light shades, because that’s the way I feel best.
I love to read and I bought a lot of motivational, well-being and positive affirmations books in December. I’m still waiting for some of them to arrive from abroad in the mail. I love these books, partly because they don’t containthat many words, but the ones they do, are the right ones and they make a strong impression. And lots of wonderful pictures and drawings, which make me feel better. Buying a good book is always an excellent investment.
Walk in the woods
I’m lucky to live next to some farms and a forest, and even luckier to have a dog, which requires me to take walks. It gives me the push to go outside, look at the light, the dew on blades of grass, the ever-changing trees and the silence that envelopes me every day. I like these moments, because they’re tranquil, they mean something and they’re very much mine. Actually, all mine.
At home, they’re everywhere, in the living room, bathroom, bedroom. I love their light, the magic of their scent…They always remind me of something beautiful, peaceful, festive. They were a big part of December and I think I’ll keep them around instead of putting them away for a “special” occasion, because every day is an occasion, if we so choose.
They say they’re therapeutic and I really believe they work. It doesn’t matter, whom we hug, it can be our partner, child, parent, friend, coworker, what matters is that we feel and share human proximity, feel loved and at the same time give love. Don’t forget, everyone needs love, so let’s spread it around, it’s free and always makes us happy.
Beatrice. The tiny, furry joy that smells like home and looks at me with human eyes. If you have a pet, you know how much love and dedication they give you, it just makes you well up with tears sometimes. Stroking your furry friend is therapeutic, especially for children, so teach them as soon as possible that animals should be respected and loved, because they’ deserve the best. Just like us.
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