You may have heard about a growing movement called “mindful living” or “practicing gratitude”. The idea behind it is that by focusing on the good or pleasurable things in your life and not missing out on small joys you will be in a better position to cope with any negative events that occur. Practicing gratitude won’t stop negative events from occurring, but it can help us from over-thinking them and giving them more focus and attention than they deserve. In this way you can become resilient to negative events without them impacting your day to day life. It can be hard to change the habits of a lifetime so here are some affordable ways to celebrate everyday to get you started!
Smile! Smile at strangers, animals, the bus driver or anyone you spot throughout your day! This small act will not only make you feel good but also bring a smile to the person you are smiling at!
Wear colour- even a colourful scarf or socks can bring a sparkle to your mood.
Write down the things that made you smile today- doing this before bed can help you clear your mind before sleep and finish the day in a positive way
Do something new- learn a language or join a walking group? Perhaps you have always wanted to try getting cake decorating classes or wanted to learn tap dancing. Breaking out of your routine can give you a positive boost and meeting new like-minded people is a good way to expand your social circle.
Spoil yourself for no reason- Why reserve celebration cakes and cupcakes for a special occasion? Many people only indulge on birthdays, anniversaries, and other events of this type, but there’s nothing better than coming home from a hard days work to your favourite cupcake or sweet treat waiting for you. If you are in Auckland it is even easier to brighten up your day with a tasty treat thanks to companies who offer cake and cupcake delivery throughout the city.
Be sure to share the fun also by sending a special treat to a loved one for no other reason than to let them know you are thinking of them. Doing so doesn’t cost as much as many people imagine, and it will put a smile on the loved one’s face for the rest of the day. Tell them to go home, enjoy the treat and watch a movie or read a good back, whatever makes them happy. Don’t reserve these moments for their birthday or a holiday. It’s more fun to surprise them when they least expect it, and they are sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.
If you need a treat for a birthday, baby shower or just because it’s a Wednesday, call on Cake and Co (www.cakeandco.co.nz). This company provides everything from wedding cakes and baby cakes to mini cakes and colourful cake pops. Their sweet treats are a great way to celebrate a special event or simply celebrate life! If you need cake delivery in Auckland be sure to give them a call.