Here's a reiteration of the 5 key activities for boosting happiness/success:
1. Three new gratitudes each day will teach your brain to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
2. Journaling about one positive experience you've had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to re-live it.
3. Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters.
4. Meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we've been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once.
5. Random or conscious acts of kindness - send a positive e-mail to thank or praise someone in your social support network.
1. I am thankful for a new SparkFriend, PATRICE_E. Don't get me wrong - I love you all! But you know how there are just certain people that you have an interaction with and something just "clicks" and you instantly feel connected? It reminds me of one of my favorite books, "Anne of Green Gables". Anne (the lead character) is a boisterous girl with a broad imagination and she has a term for people like this - kindred spirits. Patrice is definitely a kindred spirit. I have made some very VERY close friends on SparkPeople that started out as strangers and have, over the course of time, become just as important to me as any other "real life" friends. Some of them I have met and some I still haven't ever met in person...but my love for them runs just as deep. What an amazing opportunity we have for relationships here!
2. Yesterday I was thankful for the ability to work from home. Today I am thankful for my physical office on the campus of Indiana University. I work in an 8-story building on the very top floor next to a huge window with an absolutely gorgeous view of Bloomington. I have a HUGE office and I share it with only one other person. Better yet, we have our own bathroom IN OUR OFFICE. I have a great set-up here with dual monitors, which makes my work so much easier! I've worked in the cubicle world and it's just so gloomy and awful. This bright, comfortable environment is something I refuse to take for granted.
3. While I'm on the vein of work, I am thankful for the best boss I've ever had. That might sound like I'm brown-nosing, but that's not how it is intended. She's amazing, you guys. I've been in the workforce for 14 years and I have had 10 different jobs in 7 different industries in that amount of time. I have had MANY supervisors - with good and bad traits. But my current boss is the most inspiring woman I've met in a long time. And she has her finger on the best way to motivate, encourage, correct and grow her people. I can't say enough about her organization skills, her professionalism, her warm personality and her ability to hone in on areas that need improvement without ever leaving me feeling like I'm a failure. She is a brilliant communicator and I am lucky to have her in my life.
Yesterday, I was scheduled to donate plasma. I donate twice per week and have been doing so for a couple of months. I like the fact that my donation goes towards lifesaving treatments for sick people, but I admit my main motivator is the financial incentive. Sometimes the $60/week (plus occasional frequent donation bonuses) is what makes the difference between having enough groceries or gas in my car for the week. In other weeks, when I'm doing well, it is extra fun money to take my kids out for ice cream or something. I have gotten to know the faces of the techs on the floor, but I imagine they see SO many people every day an every donor is just a vein to hook up to them. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when the tech who was going to hook me up to the machine recognized me, smiled and asked how I was doing. It was a very tiny thing, but we had a REAL conversation (albeit short) and there was a 10-second connection. In case you haven't noticed, I'm all about making positive connections with people. It just gives me energy and joy.
I have not yet done my exercise for the day. But when I get home, a nice 30-minute walk will do the trick. I SO need it today. It will help release all the tension from work and keep me going all evening, as I have friends coming over for dinner to hear about my new business venture and I need to be mentally on my game!
I had a great time of meditation in bed this morning, as I contemplated how I was going to lift my body out of bed. I figure, when you can't make the physical go (Jillian Michaels 20-minute workout KICKED MY BUTT yesterday and I am feeling it EVERYWHERE!), spend a bit more time in the mind. Haha.
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS
Have a lovely day, friends!