Do you ever have of a moment of pure bliss? When all is right with the world for that one millisecond of time and life seems perfect and beautiful? Isn’t it great? Doesn’t it just make you want to hug the next person you see and share your joy?
There are so many brilliant, delightful, breath-taking, awe-inspiring things in this world; there are moments when I am moved to tears by the beauty of the earth. Like today, watching a robin cocking its head to listen to the ground as it looked for a morning meal. Or looking out the window and seeing the sunlight filtering through the gleaming green leaves of newly sprouted spring trees.
So many marvels wait to be discovered. Like holding the fragile, tiny fingers of a newborn baby, or watching dolphins swim and play beside your boat as you hurtle through the cool clear water. Even the simple task of eating can bring you bliss when you put all of your attention to it. Like eating a red, ripe strawberry, letting the sweet juices slide down your face.
One of my favorite blissful activities is to laugh. I love finding new ways to make myself laugh until my stomach hurts. Anything will do – a pillow fight, teasing my dogs with a new toy, sharing a private joke with a friend or going to a great comedy movie. Happiness may be fleeting, but moments of fun can be treasured for years and years.
The easiest and most effective way I’ve found to add more bliss to your day is to simply slow down. Choose a few minutes, sit down and relax. Read an inspirational quote or phrase, sit and watch the clouds pass by, watch some children at a playground or just look out the window and watch the squirrels frolic and cavort. There are simple joys all around when you are alert and aware enough to notice them.
Although for years I’ve enjoyed keeping a Joy List, I’m thinking about upgrading. Doesn’t a Bliss List sound even better? Imagine writing down all those wonderful moments that make you feel fabulous. In fact, forget the list, let’s start a Bliss Journal. I’m sure that much like my Gratitude Journal it would be fun, enlightening and very, very rewarding. There’s no time like the present.