Posted: by Jo Monday, 29 April 2019 @ 11:37
As our ‘My Best Self’
campaign continues, we are choosing a different mantra each month, to really
understand what we can learn from it, and how to use it to change our mood and
This month, we have
picked the mantra represented by our Hummingbird,
‘Seek the sweet moments in every day’.
This mantra is a
brilliant reminder to look for the positives in life, and celebrate the small
moments every day that contribute to creating happiness.There is plenty of
research to show that a focus on noticing and appreciating the good things that
happen in your day - rather than fixating on the negatives – will give you a
happier and richer experience of life.
There are two famous
quotes which strengthen this idea.
Helen Keller – a
famous US educator – suffered an illness when she was just a year and a half
old, which turned her deaf and blind. She succeeded in learning to communicate,
and overcame many of the enormous difficulties of her condition, supported by
her strong belief that if you ‘Keep your face to the sunshine, you will never
see the shadows’. She always focused on
the positives in her life, not the negatives.
Another quote, often
wrongly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, supports this focus on the positive: ‘We
can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes
have roses’. It was, in fact, written by Alphonse Karr, French author – but it
is no less powerful for that!
The aim, then, is to
notice and celebrate the positives in life.
Many people follow
this activity with their children, asking them at the end of the day to tell
them three good things that happened to them today. This practice encourages
our minds to look for the upsides to life, rather than jumping straight to the
things that have happened to frustrate or disappoint us.
Our mantra, ‘Seek the
sweet moments in life’, is even more active: it is urging us to actively seek
out moments of happiness and pleasure, rather than simply noticing them when
For me, this could
mean taking a walk in the park in Leamington before coming into the office in
the morning. Jephson Gardens is a beautiful part of the town, created in
Victorian days to bring beauty, tranquillity and a space to take the air, in
the middle of town. With a lake, fountains, and the River Leam running through,
beautiful flowers, and a collection of heritage trees, it is a truly uplifting
place to spend a few minutes before the working day starts.
One of my team always
takes the long way round at lunchtime, just so she can walk past a lovely
independent florist - Sarah Horne Flowers – so she can see all the beautiful blooms
outside. Another colleague chooses a different uplifting playlist each morning
when she gets dressed, to give her a happy boost in the morning.
There are so many
things we can do, to bring moments of joy into our busy lives. In the scheme of
things, you may not think that a few small moments will make a difference. But
training yourself to seek out and savour these small moments of happiness
primes your brain to notice these moments more and more.
It will give you a
happier overall experience of life, as you actively notice and feel grateful
for the sweet moments in each day.
Share your thoughts with us on this
month’s mantra, and let us know what it means to you.
Say this inspiring
mantra to yourself, to remind yourself to actively seek out moments that will
bring you joy, happiness or, at the very least, a smile.
Wear our Hummingbird
necklace, to give you a tangible reminder of it, every day.
Our ‘Seek the sweet moments in every day’ Hummingbird Necklace is 15% off this month.