Sweet Treats: The Joy Diet - Week Seven
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
This week’s chapter in Martha Beck’s The Joy Diet is all about positive reinforcement. I am so happy that after all our hard work on nothing, truth, desire, creativity and risk, it is finally time for a treat!
As I mentioned in my post last week, this journey has taught me to breathe through my perfectionism. I have stopped taking Beck’s instructions literally and begun to implement her practices in a way that works for my life. This revelation has turned the book into a kind voice of guidance instead of a scary drill sergeant standing over me.
In this chapter, I enjoyed cataloging my instant smile triggers…
Snuggling up in a warm blanket
Discovering a new quote
Sending and receiving snail mail
Being silly with my mister
Eating anything chocolate
Watching Grey’s Anatomy
Catching up with an old friend
Using the perfect font
Connecting with bloggy & twitter friends
…and creating a list of my sensory delights!
I love the taste of cupcakes, chai tea, Rachel’s yogurt, mashed potatoes, and salsa
I love the sight of my family, sandy beaches, sunrises, water and emails from friends
I love the feel of bubble baths, sunshine, grassy lawns, crisp sheets and my yoga mat
I love the smell of chlorine, candles, Christmas, men’s cologne and flowers
I love the sound of a new playlist, ocean waves, popcorn, jingle bells and laughter
Practicing treats has been a total delight. I am excited to read about your experiences and get silly next week as we explore play!