The year 2012 is coming to an end and it’s time to stage a celebration, for those of you that might think celebrating is a bit of an indulgence, then think again. Recognising small achievements can give you a long-lasting sense of wellbeing, it’s not too late to be grateful for life’s small blessings.
Here are some tips to help you celebrate:
Stay in the present
If life seems to be a constant cycle of tasks to do it’s easy to feel you’re on a treadmil, investing all your energies in the future. This creates anxiety and robs you of the chance to reflect and learn.
HOW IT WORKS Stepping off the treadmil to celebrate moments and milestones forces you to stop, recgonise the process and absorb what has happened. That’s how we develop.
Obvious, perhaps, but celebrating achievements and marking milestones with the people you love is a way of giving yourself a small pat on the back.
HOW IT WORKS the danger is that, if you hardly ever or never do that, ultimately you’ll start wondering why you’re bothering. Rewarding yourself with a celebration raises your confidence and self-esteem as well as your profile, inspires and recharges you and makes you feel like a winner. It puts you in the vituous circle of hard work, achievement, celebration and gratitude.
Boost your marriage
Couples can be good at supporting each other when times are hard, but don’t pay the same attention to each other’s good news or special day.
HOW IT WORKS Research shows that couples are happier if they have a ratio of 5:1 positive to negative interactions. Celebrations are perfect excuses to do something novel together. This activates the brain’s reward system, flooding it with stimullating dopamine.
Boost your work life
Research shows ‘boredom’ is usually in the top three reasons why people look for another job. Small, spontenoeous celebrations at work such as bringing cake in on Fridays, or organising sponteneous lunch to celebrate a task completed are a powerful motivator.
HOW IT WORKS Celebrations at work promote team bonding. Instead of creating a culture of competition, they nuture community.
Watch out next week for part 2 of “The Power Of Celebrating This Season”