Life is here to be celebrated. It’s full of both small and big joyful moments, which should be appreciated and acknowledged. Celebrating life, in however small a way, can help us have a more positive outlook, feel happier and feel healthier. It’s really important to take time each day to celebrate life in all its intricacies, especially when life is busy with work and responsibilities.
Here’s 20 little ways to celebrate life every day.
1. Start the day by giving thanks
When you wake up each morning, try to take a couple of minutes to celebrate your life. Perhaps when you have your morning coffee or tea, just take a moment to thank the universe for the day ahead of you. Starting your day with a sense of gratitude can open your mind up in a positive way.
2. Acknowledge the small achievements
It’s easy to take yourself for granted. A great way to counteract this is to celebrate and acknowledge the small day to day achievements. Did you get a yoga class in before work? Or perhaps you crossed something off your to-do list. Celebrating small achievements can make you feel more positive and improve your mood and self-esteem.
3. Celebrate other people’s achievements
An easy way to celebrate life, and make other people feel great, is to celebrate other’s achievements. Celebrating the little achievements of someone else makes people feel valued, and also makes them feel more confident to in their day to day life, and you’ll feel great for having complimented someone else.
4. Do something different
Taking the time every once in a while to do something that you don’t normally do. Trying new experiences, even ones that may scare you, is a great way to celebrate life, and everything the world has to offer!
5. End the day with gratefulness
Just like starting the day giving thanks, try to end each day reflecting and giving thanks for all the positive things that have happened throughout your day. This will leave you going to sleep on a positive note, making it easier to sleep and adding a positive spin to even the most ordinary of days.
6. Fill your home with things that make you happy
Buy fresh flowers to display in your home to make your space a little brighter, or play your favourite songs on the radio. If you fill your home with the things that put a smile on your face, you’ll feel more reason to celebrate and feel positive in your space.
7. Treat yourself
Treating yourself to something small yet special, can be a great way to celebrate life every day. It doesn’t have to be something expensive, but allowing yourself a little treat is something you can do each day. It could even be something as simple as a few minutes of ‘me’ time.
8. Give thanks
Be thankful for the other people in your life, not only on their birthdays, but every day. Make sure the people in your life know that they are appreciated and needed in your life. This will also make you feel lucky to have them in your life.
9. Get moving
Exercise, do some yoga, even dance just because! Getting your body moving is a great way to celebrate the fact you can move! Do whatever feel good, and relish in how nice it feels to get your body moving.
10. Cross small things off your to-do list
Recreate that feeling of accomplishment when you finish a hard task for everything on your to-do list, however small! Celebrating the small things, you accomplish will motivate you and improve your self-esteem, and it’s such an easy way to celebrate something as simple as making your bed in the morning!
11. Take a break
Taking a holiday, or even a stay-cation and fill it with things you love to do. Go out for dinner, curl up with your favourite book, or go swimming in the sea. Taking a couple of days out to do your favourite things is a great way to celebrate, and reaffirm what you love about life!
12. Be thankful to yourself
It’s great to be thankful to others, but try to take some time to give some gratitude to yourself too. Take some time to think about what you’re grateful for in yourself. This is great way to celebrate life - and you! Maybe you tackled a big problem at work, or you’ve been working out regularly. Take the time to thank yourself for it.
13. Give yourself some time
Give yourself some extra time in the day to do something just for yourself. This could be setting your alarm a little later, and having a lie in, or going to bed a bit later to have some time for yourself at night. Watch your favourite show, read a book or just relax with a glass of wine.
14. Start your own ritual
Set aside some time once a day, week or month to have your own happy ritual. Maybe you want to have a bubble bath every Tuesday night, or make the third Monday of every month an ‘ice cream for dinner’ day. Little rituals can bring an element of surprise and fun to the everyday, and it gives yourself something to look forward to.
15. Brighten up your workspace
Just like you should fill your home with things you love, bring an element of personalisation to your workspace. Add a plant or flower to your desk to put a smile on your face when you get to work, or perhaps put a poster up of your next vacation destination to spur you on.
16. Document the everyday
Take photographs as often as you can. It’s great to look back on the memories and remember the everyday. You’ll be glad for the photo evidence later in life, and its so much fun to look back on old photographs and remember what was going on in your life at the time.
By Amy Cavill
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