Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about strengths and how they positively correlate with happiness. This theme of “finding your strength” has been the throughline of my readings this summer. It started with Marcus Buckingham’s book, Find Your Strongest Life. I also saw the theme emerge in Gretchen Rubin’s fabulous books on happiness (The Happiness Project and Happier at Home).
I also watched a wonderfully inspirational TED talk by author Elizabeth Gilbert on returning home and having the courage to fail and succeed. Her message reminded me of going back to my strengths and my moments of personal flow and contentment. It reminded me of the importance of honoring our strong moments and what makes us happy. Gilbert prompted me to take a closer look at my daily routine and actively seek out strong moments where I felt at home and happy.
I did not have to look far for my strong moment: it’s when I walk around the lake early in the morning. There, I take in nature’s beauty as I listen to an inspiring audiobook. I fill my lungs with fresh, crisp air, and I let my thoughts wander. This is where my creative juices start flowing, and where I get my daily jolt of energy. This is how I love to start my day.
I would love to know about your strong moments. What are they? What gives you a sense of personal flow? What activity boosts your energy and empowers you? What special ritual do you cherish?