Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy during the previous week. Why? Because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
Some weeks are easier than other to find the good, the great and grand and spectacular even. This was one of those weeks.
Emma and I spent four days on a press trip at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort, an all-inclusive Caribbean resort that caters to families. It was as amazing as you’d imagine – and as volatile as you’d expect a mother-daughter getaway to be, proving you’re never too young to make your mother cry.
Yes, I cried. So did she. And we also talked, hugged, laughed, snuggled, and bonded the way only mothers and daughters can. I didn’t think it was possible to feel so close to a not-quite seven year old, and yet I am embarrassed to admit that I care very much how close we are. This trip highlighted that need for me, and fed it.
It also warmed my skin.
Every day, Emma and I would make a list of all the reasons we were lucky, our own happiness highlights of the day. We gave thanks for sunshine and white sand, for pools and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails. We counted fully stocked mini fridges, matching robes, and a balcony overlooking turquoise waters among our blessings. We giggled as we thanked God for doing the Macarena and the YMCA at a Sesame Street beach party, and Emma offered up praise for the bounce house more than once.
We spent four days overwhelmed with good fortune.
This was one of those weeks that makes me wonder how and why I got to be me, living this life of magic and tropical getaways. It was a week when my gratitude could barely keep up with the goodness that poured over me.
What made you happy this week?