photo: woodleywonderworks on flickr

photo: woodleywonderworks on flickr

Have you ever listened to what your mind is telling you? Like, really listened?

If your mind is anything like my mind, it can get pretty interesting in there.

Sure, my mind coughs up some deep and profound stuff from time to time. It also gets totally blissed out and happy on occasion.

But it can also be, um, a bit negative. A bit of a ranter. My mind can go on and on in a not-so-helpful way.

Like how much I messed up about something. Or how dumb I am. Or how dumb someone else is.

No fun.

photo: Hywell Martinez on flickr

photo: Hywell Martinez on flickr

I don’t know about you, but I like it a lot better when my mind is in a good mood.

Like the other day.

I was driving home from my morning walk and my mind was really happy.

It was chatting away, pointing out how awesome everything is.

Look – that cloud is amazing! Listen – the song on the radio is even more amazing than that cloud! Check it out – the way those birds are flying across that cloud is perfectly in time with the song on the radio and everything in the world is so freaking incredible!

photo: problemkind on flickr

photo: problemkind on flickr

In that moment, I realized something.

When I’m in a good mood, my mind is bringing to my attention how awesome everything is.

Which is, well, awesome.

But why not maximize my chances of being in a good mood?

Why not direct my mind to notice awesome things all the time? Why not let my awesome-seeking mind lead me to a perpetual awesome mood?!

So I decided to take the All-Day Appreciator Challenge.

photo: Rolands Lakis on flickr

photo: Rolands Lakis on flickr

Actually, first I made up the All-Day Appreciator Challenge, and then I decided to take it.

The goal of the challenge is to get your mind to notice and appreciate awesome things all day.

Even if you’re in a totally crappy mood, there’s always something.

Start with small stuff.

Like how good it feels to be able to take air in your lungs and then push it back out. And how great it is to have running water. And fingers.

photo: M. Accarino on flickr

photo: M. Accarino on flickr

Like, basic stuff.

Any time your mind takes off on a little detour and wants to remind you that everything sucks, you just bring it back to All-Day Appreciation Duty.

The more you do this, the better you feel. Before you know it, you’re in a full-out Bliss-cious Cycle Of Never-Ending Awesomeness.

And there is nothing better than being trapped in a Bliss-cious Cycle Of Never-Ending Awesomeness.

It’s even better than a ride at Disneyland!

Well, unless you’re on a ride at Disneyland while you’re in a Bliss-cious Cycle Of Never-Ending Awesomeness.

photo: Serena on flickr

photo: Serena on flickr

Yes, there are things in the world that suck.

But there is also so much to appreciate. You just have to get your mind on board  with this fact.

Boss your mind around! Tell it to find things to appreciate!

Take the All-Day Appreciator Challenge and get ready for your very own Bliss-cious Cycle Of Never-Ending Awesomeness! 

photo: Haley Neal on flickr

photo: Haley Neal on flickr

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