Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Little Switches Make the Difference

Sometimes, I think that people focus too much on the big things in life.  They think that they will be happy when they make a certain amount much money, have a new dress, have a certain car, own a house in a certain neighborhood, etc.  Most of the time, they find that once they reach their goals, they quickly pursue new, higher ambitions.  If you have ever read my blog, you probably know that I am a believer that it is the little things make all the difference. 

Whether in our relationships with our significant other, our children or just things in our daily lives, doing things a little differently can really shake things up and make a huge difference.  We all get stagnant and routine in our lives from day to day, which can lead to a monotonous and boring lifestyle.  Doing something little in your day may make all the difference.

First, examine your relationship with your spouse or significant other.  Remember the days when you first met how everything was new and exciting?  You looked for little things to do to make sure he knew you were thinking of him.  Now, if you are like me, the passionate kisses when you have been apart have turned to a kiss on the cheek when he walks in.  Why not surprise him with a hot, steamy kiss when he comes home?  Instead of watching TV or surfing the net in the evenings, grab a deck of cards or a board game and play.  You will be surprised at how much the two of you start conversing and sparks may fly again!

Your relationship with your children can get routine, too.  Change up the day.  Have breakfast for dinner.  Make a picnic.  Leave a note in their lunch box or under their pillow telling them you love them.  Look up some funny jokes to tell them.  Make a new, fabulous dessert for them.

In you daily life, think about you.  We all get into ruts, we all get worn down.  Shake it up by taking a walk in nature.  Carefully explore the world around you.  Spend time examining things closely. You will be surprised at the effect it has on your mind and body.  Also consider volunteering somewhere.  I volunteer at a nursing home and periodically stop in and visit residents for an hour or so.  Not much effort on my part, but seeing how happy the residents are to see me, really makes me feel good.

I was inspired to write this post for a fun blogging program from SocialMoms and Cottonelle that asks you to share little switches that make a difference.

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Cottonelle blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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