When the novelty of the new school year wears off, it’s a good time to begin collecting happiest moments. I became a collector this summer at Ollie’s, my favorite frozen custard shop. I planned to order a side of salted pecans to use on future ice cream sundaes, but I was feeling extra hungry so I asked the server to “make it a double.” I was thrilled when, after paying, he handed me a container of pecans four times the usual size. Was it Ollie himself serving me? My eyes widened. “Wow! Thank you,” I said. I walked to the car thinking this is today’s “happiest-so-far-moment”.
Since then, I have been on the lookout for happy moments such as the expression on my daughter’s face when she meets a challenge, a phone call from an old friend, a walk with my husband or the chance to lend a hand to someone in need.
There is so much bad news in the world today that we need to be intentional about focusing on the good. Too many kids (and adults) wait for big occasions to be happy. Teaching students to seek out and celebrate happy moments helps them stay focused on positive events that are happening all around them, and it keeps us looking for them, too.
Be on the lookout. When you see something that makes you smile, proclaim it as today’s “happiest-so-far-moment”.