What If Wednesday: Are We Exceedingly Consumed by Consumerism?

Consumerism, Pollution, Landfill, Trash, Hedonic Treadmill, Happiness

We have become a disposable society. Instead of repair and retention, it’s easier to simply choose to throw out and replace. In spite of the fact that although recycling is increasing, polluting our landfills with excessive trash is creating a growing problem of toxicity creating more tragic endings. Many cities lay in waste, desolate and uninhabitable. The land is forsaken.

Growing up, the resounding saying, “Waste not, want not” was especially spoken during mealtimes if we quickly decided to absently throw away good food, that someone dying of hunger would gladly take off of our hands. We weren’t reminded too often of that possibility, which evolved into a mild threat where wastefulness was not tolerated, at least not in our household.

And what about that hedonic treadmill, where we return to our set level of happiness as efforts or interventions to improve our happiness (like more money or more stuff) have a transient effect on our wellbeing? We shift our perspective on the question of whether or not more consumerism will truly buy us more happiness. Do we really need the latest, and most updated gadget to make us happy or simply for bragging rights? I’ve experienced that our attitude and awareness shows us that simplicity is gradually becoming a more accepted way of life. More stuff does not constitute a better and more satisfied life. That’s just my opinion.

Happy #WhatIfWednesday!

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Note to Self: Lose the Joy Robbers and Discover Joy Today

Joy, Happiness, Smile

Sometimes the disappointments we face absorb much of our energy and steal our joy. I have my share of daily joy-robbers, just like everyone else. I now counterattack them by not allowing them to easily steal my joy (anymore), leaving me empty, down and depressed.

Each day, I look for something that gives me joy and makes me smile. These things aren’t complicated, but simple little pleasures. Whether it’s seeing a new flower bloom in my container garden, a couple of goldfinches or cardinals perched on my banana trees, songbirds singing during the early morning sunrise, a hug or kiss from my husband, a yellow butterfly fluttering in front of me or the rambunctious squirrels chasing each other up and down the pine trees in my backyard, there is always something right in my presence that makes me grateful.

I now include these little gifts of joy in my daily journal and this makes me deliberately find at least one thing during the day to make me smile and reflect on the gift of life. Find your “awwwwww” moment today and enJOY it! Besides, it’s good for your health.

When You’re Smiling

Smile-Day

Our faces assume various expressions that indicate happiness, pleasure, favor, mockery, anger or deceit. A smile is a healthy expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth. Today is Power of a Smile Day

Note to self: SMILE today! Here is a haiku reminder:

Just Smile!

An upside down frown
sweet, charming, friendly, happy
a warm, pleasant smile.
                                                                                   ©Kym Gordon Moore

Enjoy this classic song, “Smile” sung by Nat King Cole, featuring Charlie Chaplin. Don’t forget to smile today!

A New Step on a New Day in a New Month

Great Times, Celebrating Life, Happiness, PositivityAhhhh…New Beginnings! All too often, people look at Mondays with anxiety-ridden consciousness and dread. Why? Because we have fallen victim into a lackluster trap which has been imposed on us by those who are caught in the ‘Dread Zone.’

If we are able to wake up to the gift of seeing a new day, a new month or a new year, whether it is sunny, rainy, hot or cold, we welcome this new opportunity to embrace a moment in time and be grateful because of it.

In this new month, as we see a new day, let us take a new step and make some great things happen. You can’t imagine how magical a day can be with just a little positive adjustment to our attitude as we embrace a new approach to something new!

Find beauty in this day, even if you’re stuck in a cubicle. Draw a happy face on a piece of paper and put it in front of you at your workstation. Periodically glance at it to remind yourself to smile! Who knows, your smile could rub off on the most persnickety person around you. Besides, it’s MAY DAY!!!