Seize the Day

Happiness Is In the Little Moments

So when is that magical day going to come when everything is perfect and we can finally be happy?

Well, we may occasionally experience a day like that. But for the most time there is always some thing that bugs us.


And that is normal. Life is a mixture of happy, neutral, and not-so-happy moments.


The magic is in what you concentrate on. What you concentrate on defines your mood.


I love the saying "Carpe Diem". Seize the day. 


To me it means that we should not just look forward, waiting for the happiness to come from the future.


Happiness is here, in the now.


It is in the little moments, you'll simply have to understand that good things are everywhere around you.


Seize the Day by Noticing the Good


The other day I did an exercise. That day I paid attention to everything I liked in my day.


I liked the sunshine, the birdsong, morning coffee. I liked the purr of a cat, my comfy jeans. I liked the roads that were in good condition. I liked the leaves of spring. 


I liked the chit chat with coworkers, I liked the food in our cafeteria. I liked my notebook, my fountain pen. I liked a funny post from a friend.


You get the idea. Keep telling yourself, in full sentences in your mind all the things you meet during your day that you like. Quite refreshing.


You could do this with your phone too. Take a pic of every thing that you like during the day. At the end of it, go through your photos, maybe write a page about these good things into a diary. If you use a computer, paste the pictures to your writing. 

I post my Little Moments on my Patreon page. 


I also write a little bit of a diary every day. I use my William Hannah notebook (I'm a diary / notebook freak and finally found one I can use for many years to come. Expensive, but I love it. If you wish the check the philosophy behind the notebook, I have interviewed its creator on my author website here)


I also keep my notebook open on my desk the whole day when I work with my computer and write down all the nice things I like that happen during the day. The act of writing these down seems to embed the positive attitude in my mind most effectively.

10 Good Things About This

Another thing I do to see the good in a day is the "10 good things".

Here's how it works: 

You take one thing. Anything. And then you tell yourself 10 good things about it. You really seize the day when you have to concentrate on the moment.

One day it was raining. People were not happy about it, it was dark and gloomy - and wet. Our climate here is not dry, which explains the attitude.

So I thought I'd try my 10 good things about rain. 

I came up with these: 

- I like the sound of rain

- After the rain the colors are so vivid and pure

- Our nature remains beautifully green because of rain

- You see pretty umbrellas all around when it rains

- Little children love rain and puddles - and watching them having fun with the water makes me happy.

- It's comfortable to have a desk-job when it is pouring outside

- It's fun to film the rain using the slow motion.

- It is easier to meditate when you can concentrate on the sound of rain.

- When it rains I appreciate the comfort of my home.

- The rain clouds can be really beautiful

1. Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.

-William Arthur Ward

2. If my mind can conceive it,
and my heart can believe it,
I know I can achieve it.

-Jesse Jackson

3. Obstacles are things a person sees
when he takes his eyes off his goal.

4.
Really great people make you feel that you,
too, can become great.

-Mark Twain

5. Every day may not be good,
but there's something good in every day.

6. You aren't wealthy
until you have something
money can't buy.

7. You will either step forward into growth
or you will step back into safety.

-Abraham Maslow

8. Nothing lasts forever
- not even your troubles.

9. Why not learn to enjoy the little things -
there are so many of them.

10. I have learned to use
the word impossible
with the greatest caution.

-Wernher von Braun

11. Teaching kids to count is fine,
but teaching them what counts is best.

-Bob Talbert

12. Think you can, think you can't;
either way, you'll be right.

-Henry Ford

13. Remember that happiness is
a way of travel - not a destination.

-Roy M. Goodman

14. Only one feat is possible:
not to have run away.

-Dag Hammarskjold

15.
We only do well
the things we like doing.

-Colette

16. Though a tree grow ever so high,
the falling leaves return to the root.

-Malay proverb

17. Experience is the name
so many people give to their mistakes.

-Oscar Wilde

18. Turn your face to the sun
and the shadows fall behind you.

-Maori proverb

19. The reverse side also has a reverse side.

-Japanese proverb

20. Service to others is the rent you pay
for your room here on earth.

21. If you don't place your foot on the rope,
you'll never cross the chasm.

-Liz Smith

22. It makes all the difference whether you hear
an insect in the bedroom or in the garden.

-Robert Lynd

23. What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

24. The only thing that sat it's way to success is a hen.

-Sarah Brown

25. Whatever good things we build end up building us.

-Jim Rohn

26. A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds,
and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides,
and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds
at all - he's walking on them.

-Sam Levinson

27. One´s own thought is one´s world.
What a person thinks is what he becomes.

28. What great thing would you attempt
if you knew you could not fail?
-Robert H. Schuller

29. How old would you be if you did not know how old you are?

30. Am I like the optimist who,
while falling ten stories from a building,
says at each story, "I'm all right so far"?

-Gretel Ehrlich

31. If you expect nothing,
you're apt to be surprised.
You'll get it.

-Malcolm Forbes

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