Take Joy! The Little Things Count
Small things can work big wonders with your brain chemistry - and your state of mind.
- by Christina Richardson, PhD
Every morning I take joy in the reading of the day. I am writing this on March 13. Today’s entry is as follows:
In 16th-century England, water was too dangerous to drink and Queen Elizabeth I had beer or wine with breakfast. Even wine could be tainted and the favorite remedy was to float a piece of spiced breads in the cup to improve the flavor, as well as provide a bit of nourishment. Raising the glass eventually came to be named for the bread: a toast.
What fun — I get a smile first thing, and I learn something I could talk about today if the opportunity presented itself, too.
I believe it was that great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, who was able to bring joy to every experience.
I get joy from reading almost anything by Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers was the host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. This quote by Fred Rogers makes my day. It also reminds me of how I can make someone else’s day a little better.
If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet, how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has – or ever will have – something inside that is unique to all time. It is our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression
Robert Fulghum is famous for his book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I have a copy of the things “he learned” in my billfold.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life: learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup — they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned — the biggest word of all — LOOK.
Finding joy every day through little pleasures may be a challenge at the beginning, but it will become increasingly easy and a habit. It makes the dark clouds go away and lets the sunshine in.