Life is beautiful, and today is worth celebrating. Whether or not it’s our birthday, let’s start treating every day like the gift that it is. Make a conscious choice to celebrate every day (especially today) like it’s the most important day of the year.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius
Personally, I’m a fan of celebrating my birthday. This isn’t the case for everyone, but how I see it, every day is worth celebrating. Every day is a blessing and a new chance to appreciate being alive.
Take a moment to appreciate how amazing life really is. Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time, but about loving what you have and being grateful for it.
Seize every second of your life and savor it. Enjoy the little things, cherish the ones you love, be kind and be generous whenever you can, and be forgiving while you can.I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life. – Louise Hay. Click To Tweet
Birthdays are a celebration of life itself, and life is meant to be lived every day. Don’t let age control your life, for every waking moment is a chance to begin again.
Wake up each morning with a celebratory attitude and the intention to make the most of the time you’re given, no fancy ribbon or candles required.
How to Celebrate Every Day
Design your day with intention. In my mind, there are a few key ingredients in making any day special:
- You reflect on the positive aspects of your life
- You enjoy the present moment
- You get excited about the future
Here are some positive thoughts to inspire you to treat today like the blessing that it is…
“Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.” – Buddha
Reflect on your accomplishments, obstacles, and leaps of faith. You made it! There may be things you wish you could change, but there are two practices that will lead you out of the past and into a brighter today: gratitude and forgiveness.
Express gratitude. Write down all of the good things in your life that elicit a deep sense of gratitude. This is a daily practice that trains your mind to actively look for the positive aspects of life. Affirm your gratitude every day and as often as needed.
Be willing to forgive. Forgiveness rewrites the past and realigns you with the positive memories so you can move forward with freedom. Try this science-backed approach to forgiving others or this two-step approach. Forgiving the past allows you to be fully present and focused on your life as it is right now. Try to forgive yourself, too.Gratitude and forgiveness can turn even tragedy into something new. Click To Tweet
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” – Alice Morse Earle
The present moment holds all opportunity for happiness and peace. Here’s a collection of ways you can embrace the moment with a full heart:
Start your day right. The first waking moments of the day build the foundation for the rest of your day. Refrain from checking your phone, social media, email, or other people’s agendas before getting out of bed. Do something to nourish yourself first. I say “thank you” for something, drink a warm cup of lemon water, read something positive, listen to relaxing music, and/or practice yoga (even if only for a few minutes).
Stay in the moment. Life is short, but we can make good moments last longer if we learn to savor them. Make the most of the day by doing something you love and fully appreciating what is right in front of you, whatever that looks like.
Give gifts. Giving is receiving. When you give something away, you gain something far greater. A gift can be tied with a bow, but it can also come in the form of a hug, a smile, a good conversation, your presence, a handwritten letter, a handmade piece of art, a random act of kindness, or any act of loving service.
Treat yourself. Do something you don’t do every day. You don’t need to buy a new wardrobe to feel special; paint your toes, have an iced coffee, savor a piece of dark chocolate, treat your skin to a body scrub, have a picnic, see a friend, or buy yourself a balloon.
Be spontaneous. Stop waiting for happiness to come to you. Do something that isn’t on your agenda. Do something you’ve been wanting to do. Plan that trip. Drive somewhere, get out, and go for a walk. Explore. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. Make your heart beat a little faster.
Be creative. Don’t hold back. Create without expectation or judgment. Paint, draw, doodle, scribble, sing in the shower, dance in the shower, sing in the car, smile without reason, write a poem that doesn’t rhyme, take pictures… There are lots of ways to stay creative and in love with life.
Play. Never stop playing. Become childlike in your outlook on life and open your mind to unknown possibilities. Be curious and interested in what others have to say, about how the world turns, and about what lies around the corner.
Surround yourself with love. Love isn’t to be saved for a rainy day. Write a love letter to yourself. Spend time with people you love. Say “I love you.” Today is the perfect day to tap into the love that is always here, and to let it flow through you.The time to enjoy, to really live your life, is always right now, in this place. Click To Tweet
3. Anticipate Joy.
When your goal becomes happiness itself—rather than looking for happiness in a sunny day or a new car—you can hope for the best and expect the best, because your goal itself is to receive the best no matter what the outside world delivers.You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C. S. Lewis Click To Tweet
Dream big. Ponder the possibilities of life. Contemplate the miracle of being alive today. Make a wish and actively work on making it come true. Live in the present moment but think about all of the great things that have yet to come. Get excited about it.
Plan an adventure. Even if it’s to the other side of town, plan something different. Once again, get excited about it. The anticipation that comes with planning a trip boosts happiness, so savor that pre-vacation enthusiasm for as long as you can.
Make a resolution. Resolve to celebrate tomorrow like you did today. Write down your resolution for tomorrow—whether it takes the form of a positive affirmation, a goal, or simply a happy thought—and read it to yourself in the morning. Make a resolution to start living your life right now and in each waking moment.
Always believe that something good is in the works.
How can you celebrate this day?
Share your wholehearted practices, what you’re grateful for today, intentions, and any stories of uplift, awe, or love with me in the comments.
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If you haven’t checked off everything on your list by your birthday, take a deep, deep breath. Every day (every moment, actually) is a chance to start something new, to celebrate life, to enjoy, and to shift your perspective about what success means to you.