What Makes You Smile

As I was making a list of wonderful things to focus on, the song, "My Favorite Things," from the movie, Sound of Music, popped in my mind. If you haven't heard the song or need a refresher, click here: https://youtu.be/0IagRZBvLtw

Listening to the fun lyrics, I was inspired to jot down a list of my favorite things. These are touchstones for me:

  • Walking and listening to inspirational messages.
  • Feeling good to be out in the sunshine.
  • Writing to entertain, inspire and motivate others.
  • Working with a book coach to get my mystery novel published.
  • Hugging my family and friends.

When typing them, I could not help but smile. That is the beauty of remembering my favorite things - bringing the good emotions and feelings to the forefront of my mind. It's an easy way to toss off the blues or doubt or anxiety.

Try this - What Makes You Smile

If you need to get focused on a project, overcome a disappointment, or just get out of the blues, a fun way to jumpstart your week is to make a list of your favorite things. Start with people, experiences, places, and add as many as you can. Try these 10 starters to trigger ideas:

  1. My favorite thing to do is:
  2. My favorite person(s):
  3. My favorite adventure is:
  4. My favorite holiday is:
  5. My favorite trip is to:
  6. My favorite place is:
  7. My favorite hobby is:
  8. My favorite food is:
  9. My favorite restaurant is:
  10. My favorite dream is:

This exercise could help you start a new habit of highlighting those things that push your happy button. In today's world, I can't think of anything better than taking a few minutes every day to think of my favorite things. How about you?

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