Seizing Summer

Summer field in Belgium (Hamois). The blue flo...

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Does it feel like Summer is slipping away? (And doing it this year before it ever really got started). Are you already feeling the pressure of the end of Summer looming? How about all the things you didn’t get to do?

One of the most useful tips for developing a joy habit – a habit that brings you joy and then brings better health along with it – is to consciously “seize the moment.” Take the time to cherish the positive very deliberately. Right now is a great time to bottle a bit of summer for yourself to savor later. So how do you do this?

First, you want to avoid putting pressure on yourself or those around you – there is no “perfect” way to capture summer, and no “perfect” summer moment. Instead, let your mind roam and think of things about summer that make you smile. Is it lying back on the grass on a hill with the sounds of Summer flaoting up to you? Is it sitting on a blanket with a sandwich in hand, ready to bite? Is it standing on a beach with your toes cold in the sand and your nose hot in the sun? Is it the smell of given off by roses baking in the sun and the sound of bees in the background?

Once your moment is fixed, do your best to grab it. Pull off to the side of the road at a local park and sit on a bench and hear the birds twitter – even if it’s only for ten minutes. Or head to the nearest place that is evocative for you and take a few minutes to settle in and then concentrate on grabbing the moment and remembering it – or even just catch it ‘live’ in your real Summer and give yourself a little time to fix it in your memory. Even if your captured-summer moment is made up solely of the time you take to remember something good this season, that’s a great step towards building your Joy Habit. Seizing summer is free – the good is always there, waiting for you to take it, and priceless.

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