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.
(Leo Buscaglia)

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!