Discover more from Happy AF with Phil Gerbyshak
Discovering the Magic of Micro Joys: My Journey and Your Guide
Smaller than smelling the roses and yet so much effective is the magic of micro joys
As a sales and process consultant, my days are often a whirlwind of meetings, strategies, and targets. Amid this hustle, I stumbled upon a concept that transformed my outlook on daily life - the idea of "micro joys." These are little snippets of happiness, simple yet profoundly impactful, which I now believe are the secret ingredients to a fulfilling life. I want to share this journey with you and encourage you to embark on your own adventure of discovering micro joys.
Micro joys are those small, often overlooked moments that bring a burst of happiness into our lives. Unlike life-altering achievements or major milestones, micro joys are accessible, everyday experiences that provide a quick boost to our mood. They're the smell of morning coffee, a spontaneous smile from a stranger, or the satisfaction of crossing off an item on your to-do list. They may seem insignificant in isolation, but collectively, they have the power to uplift our spirits significantly.
In the high-pressure world of sales and consulting, focusing on these micro joys has become my antidote to stress and burnout. It's not just about celebrating big wins with clients or achieving professional milestones; it's also about appreciating the small victories and pleasures that occur daily. This shift in focus has not only enhanced my personal happiness but also positively impacted my professional life, infusing it with more enthusiasm and resilience.
I started a practice that I highly recommend – keeping a "micro joy journal." Each day, I take a few minutes to jot down two or three tiny moments that brought me joy. It could be as simple as enjoying a well-made sandwich, a productive brainstorming session with my team, or a relaxing evening watching my favorite Marvel movie. At the end of each week, I review these entries, and it's incredible how these snippets paint a picture of a life filled with joy and contentment.
This practice aligns beautifully with the principles of positive psychology, emphasizing the importance of nurturing our emotional and psychological well-being. By acknowledging and celebrating these micro joys, we're not just counting our blessings; we're actively creating a mindset that seeks and appreciates the positive in our everyday life.
To you, reading this, I want to say: Your life is full of micro joys waiting to be acknowledged. Whether you're a busy professional, a student, a parent, or in any other walk of life, this simple practice can be a game changer. Start by noticing the small things that make you smile or feel grateful. Maybe it's the peacefulness of a morning walk, the energy you feel after a good workout, or the thrill of starting a new book.
Remember, it's not about ignoring life's challenges or pretending that everything is perfect. It's about giving ourselves permission to embrace joy in its smallest forms. As you progress in this journey, you'll find that these micro joys not only enrich your days but also provide strength and perspective during tougher times.
As I continue to strive towards my own larger goals, like reaching a million people with my message or driving that dream Porsche, I'm constantly reminded of the importance of these small, joyful moments. They keep me grounded and motivated, reminding me that while it's great to have big dreams, life's true beauty often lies in the little things.
So, let's start this journey together. Grab a journal, a pen, and an open heart. Look out for those little sparks of joy in your day. Write them down, celebrate them, and watch as they illuminate your path to a happier, more fulfilling life. Remember, in the pursuit of happiness, every micro joy counts.