How do you feel about celebrating? If you’re anything like me and most of the people I know, you probably enjoy celebrating too.
Have you ever felt that celebration is a crucial part in your life? That it is absolutely required? Have you ever wondered why you take time to celebrate say, your birthday? Wedding anniversary? A new baby in the family? Finishing your first 5K? Retiring? Purchasing a new home? The start of a new business? Your friend’s wedding?
Over the years of being at different parties, festivals or events, what is the common thing that you feel and see? if we take a closer look, we’ll see that there is a common theme that connects each and every one of them. We will see that all these occasions centre on bringing people together. What we celebrate and how we celebrate may vary but our appreciation of the importance of celebration is universal.
“Twinkle lights are the perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments – often ordinary moments. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith.”Brene Brown
I celebrated my birthday last month and I got the idea to write this blog post. I look into why it is important to celebrate no matter how small a win is. This act of celebration is an essential part of our lives, in fact it is a must if we want to have a happy and fulfilling life. Celebration can bring us lots of positivity in terms of the feeling of happiness but also help improve our social skills and our overall wellbeing. It is a way to stop, cherish and reaffirm the things that we value in our lives.
1. It Makes Us Happy
Happiness is key to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. When we celebrate, we are happy. You know that feeling when we hear good news and can’t wait to tell our love one? Yes, that feeling, of excitement and utter joy. Wouldn’t it be so wonderful if we could feel that all the time? And sharing this joy with someone else who gets excited for us, we are making the other person feeling happy too. Totally a win-win there. When we celebrate, we create lasting fond memories, we bookmark this experience mentally making it easier to remember in the future. When we look at photos and videos of the celebration, we get to re-live those moments and carve a smile on our faces, making our hearts flutter at the same time.
2. Others Around You Are Happy
Sharing our joy means others become happy too. Celebrating something together with our love ones and close friends creates a great opportunity to bond with family and friends. Whether celebrating birthdays or Christmas, we get to connect with those we love and care about on a deeper level. Plus, we are also sharing the values we uphold to our children on the importance of celebration. Actually, children think of celebrations in a different way than adults, and we can all learn from that. They might tell you, “There’s a new beautiful rose in the garden, let’s celebrate!” It’s really lovely to see how much they appreciate their surrounding that adults may often not notice.
3. We Feel Grateful and We Exercise Gratitude
When we celebrate something, we feel grateful to have come this far, to have achieved something, quite often after many hours or months or years of hard work. There is a feeling that we have earned it and feeling blessed altogether. When celebrating birthdays for example, instead of feeling that we are getting older and have more wrinkles, we are actually celebrating that we are a year wiser and a year richer in experiences. That’s definitely something to be grateful for.
In addition, regardless of what’s going on in our lives right now, we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for. We don’t have to wait until we reach a certain goal or milestone in order to celebrate. Sometimes the best thing for us to celebrate is the simple fact that we’ve made it to this point in life, especially if things have been challenging, which many of us experience a fair share of it in our lives.
4. Good for Overall Well-Being
According to centenarians, celebration is important, and it is a key aspect to longevity. A celebration always consists of getting together, laughing, adding happy wrinkles on their face all for true happiness. It is one of the main factors that makes them live longer. I agree, as we only have one life it is of course important to be happy and what better way to do it by celebrating little to big wins.
No matter how small a win is, celebrate it in our own terms! Like popping our favourite champagne or going to the movies because we did so well at work, or snack on ice-cream because we are celebrating the sun is out. In that moment, aren’t we smiling and feeling so very happy? I bet we are and that’s why we should keep on celebrating little to big wins! When we have something to look forward to celebrate, we feel more optimistic. The moments of celebrations make us pause and be mindful, and that boosts our well-being.
5. Good to Take a Break Away From Normal Day to Day
Celebrating may quite often mean we are doing something that is not a day to day routine, slowing down from our daily routine. Such as having a cake, dancing, having special meals or having friends over. We take a break from our daily routine and go into something fun for a few hours or for a day, it takes us away form our chores or to-dos for just a little while and that’s oh so worth it. It very simply adds fun and excitement to our lives, we bring out the little kid within us that enjoys the excitement of a celebration and indulge in it. Because once we get that break away from our chores, when we get back to it, perhaps we are feeling a little happier and not feeling that “routine – mundane – feeling”.
I’m always happy when I get to celebrate something. Maybe you can argue that a celebration requires a lot of planning and hard work. However, the happiness that comes from all the efforts and hard work is always a joy and worth every sweat and minute. Besides, if you don’t want to put it too much efforts. You can always opt for simple celebrations with easy to prepare cake and drinks, little picnic in the garden, or going to the movies as a treat, or eating out at a nice restaurant. The two latter sets you away from home, so you feel a different atmosphere which some people like.
When we celebrate we feel grateful as we are being with love ones, laughing, smiling, sharing our joy, this is definitely something healthy for us mentally and emotionally. So of course, it is worth it to keep on doing for the rest of our lives. Celebration is a necessary and joyous part of life. So, I’m inviting you to stop for a moment right now and think of all the things (big and small) that you can celebrate about your life right now. As Oprah Winfrey says, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”Oprah Winfrey
I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll be happy to know what do you do when you celebrate little or big wins? Tell me all about it so we can all learn from each other. 😊
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