My happy thought of the day is value. Specifically, personal value and how to value yourself.
How much value do you put on yourself?
It’s not very difficult to lose track of your value in a busy world.
Some people measure it by salary, other people measure it by huge accomplishments such as marathons run or mountains climbed, but what about the rest of us?
A lot of people work in jobs that pay enough to get by on, but no more than that. And for many people, there’s no interest in climbing mountains or running marathons. For people who all in this lukewarm zone of life, it’s unfortunately easy to forget your accomplishments and discount your value.
So how do we take this thought and make it into a happy one?
Start by writing yourself a list of things that you have that are worth celebrating. How many lives do you touch in your day? Have you ever sat down and thought about it? Have you held a door, have you made lunch, have you smiled at a stranger, did you help someone at work? There are so many ways that we positively impact the lives of people around us and we never realize it. These day-to-day events that we forget are actually some of the most important statements of the value we bring to the world around us.
Look at that list. Put it aside and come back to it later, and I’m sure you could write even more items on it. Many people don’t value themselves, but they forget to count the very things that make them amazing and valuable to the world around them.
Next, the real challenge is to pass along the value. Take the time to draw attention to one of these small, day-to-day interactions that people do for you and thank them for it, because that reflects upon you in turn. And if you’re looking for a good kick in the pants on the topic, watch the Ted Talk by Drew Dudley. I little inspiration never hurts!
Take your happy thought of the day and spread it! Good luck!