|by Shel Silverstein|
Anyway, I was reading Good Housekeeping (I know, I know, me?? Good Housekeeping???), and inside there is a monthly advice column called "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. It's all about finding your happiness--through various thoughts, actions, with yourself, family, etc. I usually find a few good tidbits in it--in fact, may have written something from it before, but I was struck by this one. Her happiness thought for December is:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/hugs-and-kissesHug more, kiss more, touch more. These actions take no extra time, energy, or money, but they make a big difference.
She goes on to include this advice for greeting family warmly when they come home or making sure to bid farewell also. This builds connectedness, creates feelings of worth & meaning, & shows that family members are cherished. I like this & I want to try it. But also I like what she says about her "spiritual master" St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Therese said, "It isn't enough to love; we must prove it." We often forget to show the people we love that we love them. Saying "I love you" is nice to be sure, but hugging, touching, going out of our way to welcome someone home is a simple way to prove love. According to Gretchen Rubin these are "proofs of love." I couldn't agree more. In fact, I often write about the little things--here's another one that I hope becomes a big habit.