One of the most beautiful things we can observe with children is the way in which they celebrate their successes. When they take their first step and realize you were looking they light up with joy and enthusiasm. We clap and celebrate, teaching them to celebrate themselves. As they grow older they begin to do things just to make us celebrate, they flip and jump, they play silly games and make funny faces, they eventually learn to tell funny jokes; just for the celebration. Hello, it’s time to wake up the child inside of you; he/she is still there longing for some celebration. Today we are going to explore some really beneficial reasons to celebrate your step of breaking the chain of unforgiveness
CELEBRATING STIMULATES HAPPINESS
It has been psychologically proven, the way we think and act affects our level of happiness. Researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky defines happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combines with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile” I can appreciate her definition. The truth is, happiness can be different things to different people. In my book Happily Ever After (I include the link below), I discovered my happiness after years of hurt, rejection, and abuse. Now I celebrate my freedom, my chains have been broken, I am free therefore I celebrate every day, the life I have been blessed with. When celebrate we feel good because the “happy hormone” dopamine is released in our brains. Causing us to feel a sense of bliss which sends positive energy throughout our bodies. You deserve to celebrate and I celebrate with you.
CELEBRATING TRANSFORMS OUT MINDSETS
When something makes us feel good we are prone to repeat that act to recreate the feeling because it brings us pleasure. That can be both good and bad activities. One of the reasons people can become hooked on an addictive substance is because it made them feel good when they sampled it the first time. The same thing can occur with an activity; when an experience makes you feel good you begin to repeat the experience., to maintain that feel-good feeling.
We celebrate our successes, no matter how small they may appear, it’s something you accomplished. Celebrate it, the celebration will make you feel good and will, therefore, give you the energy the momentum the mindset to do it again and again, to try new things. The bible tells us the Joy of the Lord is our strength, (Nehemiah 8:10). Feeling happy gives you strength, what better reason to celebrate.
CELEBRATING BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
I recently started a new business oh boy, I was filled with excitement. My son looked at me and said, “mum, do you know how long I have not seen you walk that way.” I stopped what I was doing and looked at him, my mind was triggered but I wanted to hear him explain what he meant so I asked him what did he mean. He said ” you are
walking with your head and shoulders up, like you did when you worked at Maritime (the most rewarding job I ever had). This conversation remained with me all day. Even a child could see the confidence my new business was bringing to my life. Now I deserved to celebrate that moment. It gave me greater self-confidence and a desire to pursue my business. When you celebrate your achievements taking the time to acknowledge that you have done it. You feel better about yourself and the world around you. This, in turn, makes you more productive.
Positive energy is contagious, have you ever experienced the crazy moment of walking into a room in which people are laughing, you don’t know the joke but you also begin laughing. Or when someone makes a joke just a few persons laugh at first and before you know it everyone’s laughing. Our emotions creates an atmosphere around us. The negative is also true. You attend a funeral, you don’t know the person, there’s nothing personal between you and them but you attend to support a friend. Without warning you find yourself crying. You look at a sad movie and you cry you look at a movie with a happy ending and you feel wonderful.
What kind of atmosphere do you generate, how do people feel when they have been in your presence. Cultivate the habit of being someone who celebrates their moments, you will discover you are a much better person to be around. People will welcome you into their space. Share with them your achievements and successes it will motivate them to push themselves into the place they would like to be. We are never assured of what the other person is dealing with in their lives. Your celebration just might be what they need to give them hope.
I feel good writing this blog, in fact, I feel great, I am hoping I have been able to cause you to see how worthy you are of celebrating who you are. Celebrate waking up in the morning, there are many people who didn’t; celebrate having a meal on the table; stop to give thanks, celebrate most of all the people in your life. When you celebrate them they would find it a delight to be around you and they will give more of themselves to you because you make them feel good. I was not always a person like that. in fact if I am not careful I can at times fall back into my negative behaviors. I have developed this practice, from the moment I wake up in the morning I pause to celebrate and give God thanks for being alive. I reflect on all the good in my life; I start my day it gratitude, I celebrate each moment. How I celebrate my achievements is buying myself something I would not have usually bought, or just sharing my joy with close family and friends. It’s been a joy sharing with you today. I will be so fulfilled if you will share with me some of the ways you celebrate your achievements,
Love & Blessings Suzanna, Founder Break Every Chain