How much time do you spend doing things that actually bring you joy, or make you happy?
I am in the middle of reading an amazing book, that I will share about once I finish it. I figured it wouldn’t be smart to recommend it until I’ve read the whole thing! In one of the chapters, the author wrote about dreaming big dreams for your life. She suggested making a list of your dreams even if you think they are ridiculously unattainable. As I was doing this, I also started to make a list of things that I just like doing, things that bring me joy!
My list included things like:
- barre workouts
- floating in water
- taking baths
- eating ice cream
- being alone
- being with friends
- my houseplants
- TRAVELING (Yes, I wrote that one in all caps on my list.)
This is not the comprehensive list, but you get the idea. Then once I finished the list, I really looked at it and asked myself: How often am I doing the things on this list? I think it is really easy to go along in our busy lives and slowly crowd out the things that bring us joy. So that evening I suggested we go to the pool so I could float in the water. You know what? The pool was COLD! That definitely tempered the enjoyment I got out of floating around, but it felt good to do something for myself, something on that list.
Throughout the week, my list started to grow. It was like the act of starting the list focused my attention on what things around me were bringing me joy. There is incredible power in what we attune to in our lives. When we attune to the negative, the difficulties, or the hardships we feel them more deeply, and they crowd out the positives that are all around us. When we attune to the good in our day, the bad doesn’t magically disappear, but it does lose just a little bit of the power it has over our mental and emotional states!
So make a list! Study that list! Start to find ways to incorporate more of those things in your daily life, and then pay attention to the feelings that come up when you do! Take a moment to enjoy that feeling of happiness, joy, peace, or contentment. When you do, you actually grow your ability to see the good in your life, and who doesn’t want more of that!
So what’s on your list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!