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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

52 Ways to Joy - #1

Most years start off with a list of new goals and hearts full of inspiration and hope. Of course, we all want to focus on the brass ring we've set for ourselves, that ultimate goal that we think will bring success or happiness. But while we're traveling the road toward the ultimate goal, are we missing the little things that bring joy along the way?

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!


  1. I love the whole idea of these joy posts, Deb! I'm looking forward to reading each and every one. But my favorite part of this post is "Smile because you are bigger and better than any problem you're going to face today!" I think I need to print that out and tape it to my computer monitor!

  2. Good advice...and not that easy, either! LOL :D

  3. That's good. Sometimes people don't realize what their facial expressions show--even when standing in the checkout line. If they wore a smile others would too. :)

  4. Great idea, Deb, and I will definitely try. Might have to tape a message to the wall by the bed though - not too good at remembering things first thing!

  5. Oh, there are plenty of days smiling isn't at the top of my list first thing in the morning either, but it's a great goal to start the day on a good note!

  6. What a great idea, Debora! I'm going to try it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.

  7. Great idea. Thanks for the reminder.


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