reclaim joy

Thursday, 30 June 2011

my 14th birthday (bottom centre)

How long has it been since you've laughed like this? Lived life so completely like this? I was so interested to learn recently that holding onto a sense of constant appreciation quite literally (and biologically) eleminates the capability to feel fear.

Doesn't that sound like a coup you want to claim?

On the claiming note - how about reclaiming your joy a little? I know I want to. The weight of life can crush it so easily, yet my goodness - it's a powerful asset to own.

My darling friend Mez just inspired me to do an exercise (based on cognitive therapy) that can certainly help reclaim the joy. You need to list five things you're grateful for, five things you like about yourself and five things you would like to do for fun.

Can you do this relatively easily? Give it a go. It's not as easy as you think! If you can do it daily, you might even find yourself feeling joyful once again. And isn't that what life is all about?

 five things I am grateful for. 
Long-arm staplers
Healthy children

 five things I like about myself. 
Humout - ha ha ha haaa! Humour! (as opposed to humous)

 five things I would like to do for fun. 
Tip-toe on cobble stones through York
Fly a kite with the kids
Take a Thai cooking course
Learn how to convert books to ebook format

What are your five things?


Lou said...

5 things I am grateful for:

my dog
healthy children
a loving husband
freedom of speech

5 things I like about myself:


(sounds an awful lot like your list !)

5 things I would like to do for fun

enjoy a Steinlager at a NY bar
climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
join a netball team
spend the Summer in the Nth Hem skiing with my family
visit China

Lilith said...

dancing like mad, visits with my daughter, reading unputdownable books, cooking and eating with friends, gardening

Tania McCartney said...

Love you, Lou! How glorious to read. I'll join you for that Steinlager... x

Tania McCartney said...

Love the dancing like mad one, Lilith! Gorgeous. And of course, the unputdownable books... how valuable are they?

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