My recipe of little happiness

I’ve been thinking really hard about what to tell you this week. I’ve already written and said a lot about this current tough situation with the corona wirus on social media.

And I’m tired myself since I’ve been working my ass off for the last couple months, hoping to get some well-deserved rest with my American girl-friends in Florida. But nope. Not this time. Bummer. I’m actually even more drained now as I want to cheer up my clients, serve them, give them the best possible value. Obviously, I’m also worried about my future. I’m self-employed and I know from experience, I can’t rely on anybody’s help. On the contrary, as usual, I need to be 100% self-sufficient. 

So I could sing along quoting the lyrics from  In the shallow: “Longin’ for change

And in the bad times I fear myself” (…)

However, despite all these obvious adversities right now, I still keep myself sane and well-balanced.

Some of you may hate me for that, but I dare to say: I’m happy in a particularly peculiar way. What’s my recipe then?

I am grateful for little things that happen to me every single day. I practice gratitude and I list daily little miracles I discover or witness.

I started to form this positive and life-saving habit years ago. Because of the numerous crises I went through, this tactic was sort of my self-defense.

But I’m not alone in this practice. A few months ago I came across this awesome book by Robert Emmons – a psychologist, professor at the University of California and a world-known expert in gratitude. In his another bestseller “Gratitude works!” he says: “When we are grateful, we affirm that sources of goodness exist in our lives. By writing each day, we magnify and expand on these sources of goodness.” Emmons conducted a lot of research on gratitude. As a result, it turns out that keeping a gratitude journal by persons suffering from mild depression helps them make it through their tough times.

Some patients said:

  • “Helps me get out the negative and remember that not all is lost.
  • I am reminded that there is more to feel good about than to feel bad about.
  • I realize that it could be a lot worse.
  • It helps me get out of myself. 
  • I go from what is missing to what I do have.
  • I see the good in the people in my life rather than just their faults.
  • Makes me feel safer. 
  • Makes me love my life a bit more.
  • Makes me feel lucky rather than sorry for myself.
  • It brings a smile across my face.
  • I stop taking the good in my life for granted.”

And perhaps I’ll stop here to help you gather your thoughts.

Do you take the good in your life for granted? And what are you grateful for at this particular moment?

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Stay safe, stay well.

Lots of love,

A.

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