Joy and I are big fans of Maria Shriver. We look forward to reading The Sunday Paper – her inspirational essay that comes to us each week via email. The writing style is engaging, the voice authentic, and the content both mind stretching and heart warming. Oh and it’s free. (Click here to subscribe. You will love it!)
A couple of weeks ago, Maria talked about celebrating life’s daily “Yippee!” moments. Even in the midst of a dark season, such moments are there to be discovered.
“We all need more joy in our lives,” says Maria. Yippee-Joy, she defines as “a moment you consciously celebrate. It’s a moment where you decide that you get to feel joy-filled.”
Maria suggests we recognize these Yippee’s at least once a day. And the reason we DON’T do this, she adds, is a matter of where our focus is.
“Most of us are so bogged down getting through life and attending to life’s never-ending stream of responsibilities that before we know it, we aren’t playing anymore. We aren’t celebrating anymore. We aren’t thinking “yippee!”
Instead, we have our heads down in our computers or phones. We’re dealing with evolving relationships, changing kids, sick friends, our own health, aging parents, and bills. Lots and lots of bills. Sure, you can stay on this path and say, “well, that’s just life.” Or, you can consciously decide, like I have done, to find a daily “yippee!””
And in case you’re not in a Yippee mood, check out this research study from 2003. There were three groups – one listed blessings; one listed hassles, and the third did nothing. The results showed that the gratitude group reported improved happiness, increased motivation, and better sleep! It turns out there’s a causal relationship (not just correlational) between an attitude of gratitude and a better life.
The Bible tells us to “Rejoice always!” . If we didn’t quite get the message (since we were too busy worrying), it reiterates, “Again, I say, Rejoice!” Sounds rather like a command, doesn’t it?
So in the words of Becca, the Bachelorette, “Let’s do the damn thing!”
YIPPEE! Spring is here! Buds are bursting from seemingly dead branches. I’m seeing colors of unspeakable beauty, fat robins flitting and chatting.
YIPPEE! Yesterday my husband AND my grown daughter took a walk through Millennial Park in 80 degree sun and then shared a meal at Veggie Grill.
YIPPEE! I have 3 new library books sitting on my bedside table ready to befriend me.
YIPPEE! I am now enjoying 3 racket sports (pickleball, paddle, tennis) that provide the company of wonderful women – and cold beer.
YIPPEE! Kacie, a cranky shih tsu lies at my feet, chilling in the morning sunlight. Codie, of Golden love, stares me down, saying “Let’s do THIS damn thing!” Meaning, I should give over my damn cereal bowl so she can lick the remaining Grape Nuts.
These knucklehead doggies exude yippee-ness!
So let’s embark on a 14-day YIPPEE Challenge. Join Joy and me in the discipline of listing YIPPEE moments each morning.
AND THERE’S MORE…
If we also smile broadly while compiling our lists, then we will be exercising our facial muscles and REDUCING wrinkles. Some call this Face Yoga. (Check out our post called, Exercising Your Face – It’s a THING!” )
The only response to that is YIPPEE!
– Life is short. Claim all Yippee’s while you can! And then don’t forget to subscribe to The Sunday Paper. Click here.
-Maria’s essays are now compiled in a best selling book called, I’ve Been Thinking. Click the book image below to order from Amazon. $11.99 well spent!
Enjoy the Ride
xox Barclay and Joy