Since yesterday was Easter, I suppose I’m feeling a bit more happy and joyful than usual. In fact, I had an absolutely wonderful Sunday with the family, despite the constant rain we had in the Lowcountry over the weekend. I guess it made me realize that beyond the daily frustrations we all feel from time to time, there is a lot to be thankful for. I’m sure you understand what I mean. Being grateful for the simple things. The small things. Like the time when the sun finally pops out from behind the storm clouds, even if it’s for a short minute.
As a way to share my feelings, here’s a list of 26 things that bring me joy. Some of these things I do, use or experience on a daily basis, while some of these items happen occasionally. Either way, they bring contentment and motivation to my life. My goal in sharing these joyful things is to hopefully remind you of similar things that may bring you happiness and joy. In fact, my hope is that this list may even offer you some extra motivation with whatever wellness goal (or goals) you may be working towards.
- My amazing parents
- My hubby (I’m tempted to share his nickname, but he’d kill me.)
- Mr. Socks, the furbaby
- Good health
- My dear, close friends (You know, the ones that you can always count on.)
- Early morning walks on the weekend
- Dark chocolate
- Really good coffee (Collective Coffee or Starbucks)
- Working in the yard (I call it therapy because I do my best thinking when I’m weeding.)
- Childhood friendships
- Walking the Pitt Street Bridge with the hubby
- Sitting on the beach with friends & laughing
- Fresh flowers
- The fresh smell of vegetables from the local farmer’s market (Mt. Pleasant)
- Working out on the Ravenel Bridge
- Hiking the Blue Ridge mountains with friends
- Traveling with family
- Smell of pluff mud at low tide
- The feel of sand beneath my feet
- Riding bicycles around Hilton Head
- Girl talk
- Boating in the Charleston Harbor
- Anything (and I mean any type of activity) outside
Now, do any of these items match your ‘joy’ list? Take a minute or two and think about YOUR list. What or who would you include? What things or people provide pleasant feelings and bring smiles to your heart?
The reason for creating and reflecting on this ‘joy’ list is important because periodically stopping and thinking about things that make you happy and bring joy to your life are vital to your overall wellness and health. In other words, a few moments of gratitude will create an enormous drop in your stress level, will bring clarity to your mind and help you put things into perspective, especially on those very demanding days.
So, write your list, and put it in a place where you can occasionally review it. Final thought – choose to live your life with joy, because gladness and a smile are only a few reminders away.