Over the next year, I hope you'll join me in celebrating the small joys, the small ways we can bring happiness to those around us. Let's celebrate the moments that really do matter, the little moments that put smiles on faces, spread warmth through hearts and just simply make us feel good.
This is week 1 of "52 Ways to Joy."
Now, I thought long and hard on what would be my first choice. Every morning over the last week, I've woken up and stared off into space, warm under the covers and still a little groggy from being in that "half-awake" stage. Then it hit me. First up is starting your day with a smile.
I know what you're thinking. Put a smile on your face BEFORE you even get out of bed?
Well, yes...that's what I'm saying.
Smile because you opened your eyes and are alive.
Smile because someone loves you and they're depending on you to get up and make them breakfast (and those cats and puppies waiting for you count!)
Smile because you are bigger and better than any problem you're going to face today!
So there you go - a way to start your day with just a little bit of joy before things go haywire, before the kids start fighting and your boss gets on your last nerve.
Try it for a few days. I dare you to smile before you get out of bed!