Mar 12, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

I believe we can find joy in every day of our lives simply by trying to make each moment count. For the most part, all we have to do is just open our eyes and see the opportunities that present themselves to us.

Smile at a stranger – say hello and genuinely ask him how he is. You not only have created joy for yourself, but also for the one you have made contact with.

When you’re talking with someone, give him your full attention. Whether in person or on the phone, this is not the time to multitask!

We should make that person feel like no one else matters at this particular time. Don’t be texting, blogging or emailing; don’t let the outside world impinge on your conversation with this person.

I find you can be delighted with the small victories each day offers.

For instance, if your commute to work went well this morning, be grateful and share the news. Unfortunately, we always seem to talk about the commute that didn’t go well!

Recognize all those that touch your lives – your family, your colleagues, your banker, your mailman – let them know you not only acknowledge them, but appreciate all they do for you.

I believe you will be happier and more content with each day if you take advantage of the opportunities presented to you.

When you express your gratitude for the seemingly ordinary parts of your day, you will soon discover that your day has indeed been extraordinary.

“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.”

Jean Paul