Ever since I wrote my first book Life Simplified, I have been on a mission to bring simplicity back into people’s lives. There is so much going on between work and family, that it is easy to get caught up in making things larger than they need to be. This includes problems and issues. I do believe that peeling away layers and getting back to the basics will bring you more peace and joy. Let me give you an example from yesterday’s 4th of July celebration. We have been in our new neighborhood for one year and we absolutely love it more than we ever imagined. Last year the 4th of July celebration was a bit of a dud. Many families left to camp out over the holiday week-end and no one else organized anything. I offered to put together a 4th carnival and pool BBQ this year. Instead of going over the top, I got some moms together and came up with some fun games and prizes that the kids would enjoy. We didn’t have to buy anything extravagant and the kids and families had a blast. Everyone pitched in and thanked me for organizing it. I kept it simple but just got the ball rolling for future years. This week I want to give you some tips on feeling your best by using the simplicity factor.
ACTION TIPS FOR THE WEEK:
1. Smile more
“Smiling sends physiological feedback to your brain, which automatically creates positive emotions,” says Susan Carnell, a health psychologist at the New York Obesity Research Center. If you want to feel your best, smiling is the easiest way to get started. Smiling is also infectious, so when you smile others will smile. Rent a funny movie. Go see a comedian. Tell some jokes. Surround yourself by people who make you smile.
2. Eat breakfast
This is one simple change you can make to your life this week. Many people go straight for the caffeine and skip breakfast. Start your morning off with a healthy meal that will give you energy. Make sure your home is packed with healthy options that you can put together easily. My favorite is oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries. It is packed with superfoods that keep me full for hours.
3. Be in the moment
It is so easy to get preoccupied with everything you have going on in your life. When this happens you lose touch with the here and now. You miss key moments and joys in your life. When you find yourself focusing on future events or your to-do list, take a step back and enjoy something pleasurable in that moment. Go play with your kids. Put on some fun music. Pick a beautiful flower. Being in the moment will ground you in what really brings you joy and peace.