Well, folks. We made it to the last week of March. I’ve heard the lambs have been gamboling about bleating something that sounds like, “Ding dong, the lion’s gone, as they celebrate Spring.” You may, or may not, have read in a previous blog that tomorrow, March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Having a day, even several days for celebration is important to our health and happiness. As Oprah has said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Moments of celebration make us pause and be mindful, and that boosts our well-being. According to social psychology researcher Fred Bryant and others, when we stop to savor the good stuff, we buffer ourselves against the bad and build resilience - and even mini-celebrations can plump up the positive emotions which make it easier to manage the daily challenges that cause major stress.
When we have something to look forward to, or look ahead to we feel more optimistic.
From Chris Johnston who works in the area of the psychology of resilience and sustainable happiness:
"I’m just thinking about how important food is. Without food, we wither away. Food is nourishment. We also have needs for psychological nourishment or psycho-spiritual nourishment, emotional nourishment. I see celebration as one of those things that nourishes us psychologically, emotionally, spiritually. I was thinking about this also in terms of how important celebration is in keeping us going.
One of the thought blocks that people bump into sometimes is the voice that says “well what’s the point of doing this?” What celebration does is it gives us an answer to that. I think of it as helping shifting us from a going nowhere story where we feel we’re making no progress and have no direction to what I think of as a going somewhere story, where we feel that we’re on the way somewhere because we’re celebrating and marking important steps along the way.
I have decided that, for me, March 26 will be Celebrate the Little Things in Life Day. Some day we may look back and find those little things were actually the big things. I also hope March 26 will remind me in case I forget to savor and celebrate the small wins and pleasures in life. There are, you know, as many special occasions as we choose to celebrate.
Comments are welcomed.