Monday is the day to think about purpose and take action to align with your reasons for making the choices you make and doing the things you do. This might be in a bigger "why am I here?" way or it might be related to a specific part of your life "why did we choose this school?" or "how can I eat in a way that supports my health goals?".
Fall feels like a beginning. This makes it a fabulous time to write your goals for body, for mind, for spirit. These might include career, vacation, finance, parenting, romantic, athletic or anything you want to prioritize or change.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus
Connection means knowing someone has your back. In fall we strengthen our connection by meeting new friends in the schoolyard, by shared carpooling duties and by embracing the newness of the season. Whether you are in school, have kids in school, or are well past school, that feeling of starting fresh stays with you. Remember connection can happen with a smile, a hug, a text, a phone call or over a shared meal. Try to make three meaningful connections every day.
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."- William Cullen Bryant
Wednesday- Let Go
Perhaps Wednesday's practice, to let go of things that no longer serve you, is the practice most aptly demonstrated by the season. As the leave change and drop, we can remind ourselves that there is a season for everything. When the time comes to let go, you just release like the trees drop their leaves.
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” - Chad Sugg
Thursday- Be Authentic
Part of being authentic is the ability to embrace a new version of yourself. SOmetimes, as we peel away the layers of what we think we should be, should say, and should so, we are pleasantly surprised with the seemingly new version of ourselves that we become.
“There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees - as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” - Ruth Ahmed
Playing in the leaves of autumn is a full sensory experience. The smell, the texture and the joy of jumping in a pile of frshly raked leaves remind us that play is an essential part of happiness no matter what our age.
October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came - The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band. -George Cooper
Autumn is a perfect time to get out mindfully in nature. Walking through a forest carpeted with leaves focus on the sights, the sounds, and the smell of fall. Spend a moment each Saturday being very aware of the nature that surrounds you.
Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change. -Edwin Teale
The fall season includes Thanksgiving celebrations. Each Sunday take a moment to give thanks. I like to offer gratitude for something I have, something I am and something I get to do.
Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile. -William Cullen
Two of my favourite autumn traditions are apple picking and visiting the pumpkin patch. Have a tradition you love? I'd love to hear what it is. Happiness only increases when shared. Comment or reply via social media or email.
Science shows that 40% of happiness is genetic, 10% is due to living circumstances like having adequate food, shelter and health, and the remaining 50% is entirely up to you. I use seven habits, coupled with a day of the week to boost baseline positivity. Watch one each day beginning Monday and start on the path to becoming HAPPIER.
These videos will help to begin the process. If you want more ideas on how to focus on any one of these seven habits, please email me through the contact page.
Taking action to increase your happiness matters. Starting in September 2016 I will post weekly about what I am reading, watching, and listening to that promotes improved personal well-being.
WHat I'm Reading
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
What I'm Watching