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Part 3 of 3: Harnessing Positive Energy- Savor the Good

Friday, June 28, 2013

"Savor the 'good.' Most people are primed to experience the pleasure in special moments, like a wedding or a vacation.

Everyday pleasures, on the other hand, can slip by without much notice. Savoring means placing your attention on pleasure as it occurs, consciously enjoying the experience as it unfolds.

Appreciating the treasures in life, big and small, helps build happiness.

Multitasking is the enemy of savoring. Try as you might, you can't fully pay attention to multiple things. If you're scanning the newspaper and listening to the radio during breakfast, you're not getting the pleasure you could from that meal or the newspaper or radio program.

If you're walking the dog on a beautiful path but mentally staring at your day's to-do list, you're missing the moment."

Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, mindfulness, and inner strength from Harvard Medical School.

Hmmm.... I am thinking of how I did with this today. This morning at my husband's rehab I had many moments of "savoring the good." Hard to believe? I must have been in a good frame of mind because all of it seemed good to me.

-He was well taken care of --by a team of PT,OT,several aides to bathe and transfer him, and a nurse giving him his morning meds. At home I do that stuff. (Well, I pay an aide who bathes him and gives him breakfast.)

-while the aides were getting him out of bed, I was able to chat with a friend's sister who was also in rehab, I enjoyed talking with her so much! She had her stroke 15 years ago. She fell and broke her hip. She talks with great difficulty. Numbers skills have flown from her brain. But she has the sweetest voice and smile and attitude.

-the rehab people know me by now after a month of visiting. Two approached me and were willing to come work for me to care for my husband at home. We got along so well! I knew that they worked hard and they complimented me on the work I had done with my husband.

-I met hubby's current PT. She has the same sense of humor I have and we joked about him needing a cattle prod to do his exercises. I think he was the one who suggested the cattle prod so it was not like we were degrading him. But I loved her sense of humor!

So caregiving is not a barrel of laughs but it does have its moments of enjoyment.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KACAR51 7/3/2013 8:05AM

    Savour every moment, we know not how many moments me have! emoticon emoticon

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NEWSPARKDEBBIE 6/29/2013 11:11PM

    I'm glad you got a moment to smile!

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JIMDAB 6/29/2013 1:11PM

    I actually have goal in the"other goals" to give myself a point for finding a moment of joy each day. It reminds me to make sure I do.

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GRNDMOM43 6/29/2013 1:10PM

    emoticon Stopping to smell the Roses on our pathways of life! emoticon

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/29/2013 12:53PM

    it is so easy to forget to enjoy the MOMENT for all that it is .. I agree something special happens when you can just be in a moment and experience only that. :)

Have loved these blogs..
Thanks for sharing with us ..

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LETHA_ 6/29/2013 12:16PM

    Your positive attitude is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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A10TIVTRTL 6/29/2013 10:47AM

    Congratulations on keeping such a great attitude during such a difficult time in your life.

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PATTYKLAVER 6/29/2013 7:15AM

    Yes, I am one to multi-task and not concentrate on the good things of the moment. Thanks for reminding me that I have to do this.

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123ELAINE456 6/29/2013 3:06AM

  Awesome!!! You have a very positive Attitude on things now. WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Fun Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WALLAHALLA 6/28/2013 11:26PM

    keep the positive outlook

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SUSIEPH1 6/28/2013 10:53PM

    Love your sense of humour .. We must keep it when we are caring for others .. emoticon emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 6/28/2013 10:49PM

    You have a great attitude! You Go Girl!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 6/28/2013 10:46PM

    Thank you so much for this entire series - I really have been trying to do more of the things mentioned in ALL THREE of these blogs. I found myself doing this one on my way home from the pool. I noticed and enjoyed the drive down our road. Deer, tiny little frogs hopping across the road, a raccoon out exploring, and some rabbits - the entire drive was filled with wildlife and in the dark, it was really fun to see them.

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LIVERGIVER 6/28/2013 9:34PM

    Best wishes to you. Hope you are taking time for yourself!

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SANDRALEET 6/28/2013 9:24PM

    Life is how we look at it

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