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Karina Chronicles

How To Be Just A Little Happier

Rosie Molinary empowers women to embrace their authentic selves so they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world.  The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina, she teaches body image at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, offers workshops and retreats for women, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, media literacy, the Latina experience, and social justice around the country.  Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.  

I was making the bed the other morning and an incredible sense of satisfaction came over me.  We make the bed everyday, but I was making the bed a little earlier than usual, and when I looked at the final product, I just felt the tiniest little burst of happy.  It was a sweet little boost and so I started paying attention to other little tiny things that give me that sort of boost.  Because sometimes life is hectic and overwhelming, the littlest boost is what we most need.  In my world, here’s how I find it.

1.  Light a candle
There is almost always a candle lit at our house.  The light, the scent?  Just lifts my spirit.  

2.  Make my bed
And the earlier I make my bed, the bigger the boost.  There is just something about a made bed that says, “I am ready for this day” to me.

3.   Clear a little clutter
I love decluttering little spots through the house. The effect is an opener feeling room and an opener feeling me.

4.  Put on my glasses
I’ve worn glasses since 7th grade and I desperately need them.  Yet, sometimes I wake up and putter around for a while without my glasses.  When I do that, I am so slow and unproductive.  Then I put on my glasses and suddenly everything is crisp and clear and I am, too.  I try to remember to put on my glasses as soon as I wake up so that I don’t miss those minutes (or hours) of engagement with the world.

5.  Pet my dog
Sometimes all I really need is Lola’s earnest THANK YOU! look while I am rubbing her chest and pulling on her ears.

6.  Imprint
BF and I call hugging imprinting as in, “I need a little imprint.”  And BF might be the best imprinter around so a hug is definitely good medicine around here.

7.  Rearrange something
Sometimes what I most need is to shake something up. It can be little– like the picture frames on a table– or bigger- how we organize Happy’s toys.  Both give me a little thrill.

8.  Send a note
I love dropping notes in the mail.  Just love.  And so I try to do it as often as possible.  In fact, this year, as I approach my 40th birthday, I am sending 40 thank you notes to people from different times of my life.  

9.  Pleasure read
I was just thinking yesterday that the thing I want more of in my life is reading.  I would love more reading time so I am creating a life with a little less work and more time to just enjoy things that bring me pleasure like reading.

10.  Step outside
Watching wildlife, listening to nature, and just feeling the sun on my skin give me an instant boost, even if I can only manage it for five minutes.

What little things give you an instant boost?

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