I've been making a real effort to find joy in little things throughout the day. This can be easier said than done because our mind naturally wants to go to that "why me?!" place. This living in the moment and being more aware brings with it a real true happiness for me. Let me give you a couple of examples:
I have recently started taking acting classes (way out of my comfort zone but I love it) and my daughter Ella and I run my lines together in the evening. This is so much fun, it's a little bonding time for us and there are always lots of laughs when I get a line wrong. This is just so much nicer than continually telling her to go to sleep. I think it's also a good way to help her relax at the end of the night, a bit like a bedtime story but she's completely involved and loves helping me.
My son Marshall loves to draw and will spend hours creating these very complex pictures where he perfectly captures the movement of all the little men who are running around on the sheet.
Here's just one little example:
When he and Ella left recently to spend a few days with my parents over Spring break he drew a picture for Chris, rolled it up with an elastic, and left it on Chris's nightstand. For me he left a Hershey's chocolate kiss that he had been saving from Valentines Day. He didn't tell us he did this and we didn't find them until after the two of them had left. My heart wanted to burst with love and I missed them both so much even though they'd only left that morning.
A final example? This morning I had to get up at 4am to make a trip to the airport to ship something. Rather than feel irritated that I had to be up so early I focused on how empty the roads were and how bright the stars were shining...the coffee was delicious and I got to enjoy the sunrise on the way home. By the time I got back the kiddies were just getting up for school and I felt wide awake and way ahead of the game.
Good vibes only, that's my mantra these days.