Often, we forget that improving our lives is as much about adding positive activities as it is about cutting out negative thoughts and behaviors. However, if we are not happy as we are, we never will be. Small changes will not alter the attitude of discontent that makes happiness unattainable. We must first find joy within ourselves, and then work on nourishing that joy through our actions.
We can enrich our lives in the spirit of increasing their quality by adding activities that benefit mood and mental health. By focusing on increasing our quality of life and coming from a place of contentment, it is that much easier to find joy and passion in everyday life.
This month, try bringing art into your life. Visit a museum, read a philosophy book or go to an art exhibit. Art enriches our lives, broadens our minds and provides a topic of discussion at dinner parties and meetings with friends. Far too often, our conversations become a mundane over-sharing of our every day complaints. Being able to step away from this cultural proclivity and have interested and provoking conversations with others is a refreshing change.
Bring art into your everyday life, too. Artfully present even your simple dishes, use your good china and treat yourself to a special meal. There’s no use storing away your effort and good dishes for once-in-a-while company. You are worth it, too, and these things are worth enjoying. Every day can be a special occasion.
In September, however you choose to do so, bring art into your life. Treat every aspect of your life as if it were worthy of being celebrated. You will find that, as you live every day as a celebration and work of art, you experience greater passion and joy as well.