Self-Care Challenge (Day 123): Savoring

Front YardAdmiring the beauty of our completed projects can be incredibly satisfying.

Whether it’s a sewing project, a construction project or simply an afternoon spent pulling weeds in the garden, taking a moment to pause and sit with our accomplishments can be deeply rewarding.

My father has mowed more grass than any person I’ve ever known. On our family’s farm this mowing also included several large fields. He once told me that his favorite part of the day was being able to sit back and enjoy the results of his labor: a beautifully manicured landscape.

Some researchers believe that this kind of savoring–purposefully prolonging the intensity and duration of positive emotions–can bring an even greater sense of happiness and overall life satisfaction.    

I believe it.

Taking a moment to acknowledge our achievements, no matter how great or small, reminds us that when we willingly spend our time and energy on things that matter to us, we are capable of achieving great things. 

Do you take time to savor your accomplishments?

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