Monthly Archives: June 2015
The lesson this week in my Thrive OCourse is about finding meaning in wonder. It has a ton of messages, many of which are from Shawn Achor who is the guest lecturer this week and is one of my favourite positive influences.
Shawn Achor, who is the guru of happiness, talks about his two year battle with depression when he was a student at Harvard. He states that 80% of Harvard students deal with some form of depression. That is an incredibly high statistic, but I think is also realistic of our general population. There are so many people living with depression and mental health challenges.
In order to help with his depression, he set himself up with 5 things he did each day. Now I would suspect he wasn’t a deeply depressed person, as he still had the ability to do these things every day where a severely depressed person may not see the end of the tunnel so easily.
But the common thread with his theories and the Thrive course is the appreciation of the world we live in. To find meaning and wonder every day in the world around us. To take the time to do this. To scan your world for things that matter.
For instance, every day right now I find complete wonder in our kitten. He is a ball of energy and yet also a calming influence in the household. I dare you to try and get work done with a kitten on your chest. He forces me to take a break and just enjoy the moment.
So your moment of wonder could be anything that makes you reflect – the formation of a clump of clouds, the one flower that has blossomed in a sea of green, a kitten, a child playing, a caterpillar on a leaf and anything else. It is personal. It is what makes you wonder.
Make it your goal today to take a moment to wonder. Write it down.
Create a little meaning in your daily life with this wonder. Think like a six year old and enjoy every moment.Share this post!