[Photo By: Yoni Gill]

I think it’s about time for a shift in perspective.

Honestly, what’s the fun in spending a day without laughing so hard that your abs hurt? Yes, there are days where we are all too tired, busy or stressed to enjoy a good joke or two, and there are days where we are too annoyed to be genuinely happy. Have you noticed, however, that those days seem more blurry than the rest?

In order to be a well-rounded person, family member, friend and professional you have to bring a sense of clarity to the days that don’t seem as ‘in focus.’

♦My goal: For one week, I am going to try to not take myself so seriously.♦

We quickly get hooked into ourselves: what we are trying to accomplish, who we are trying to be a comparison of, what really matters in life. In reality… you are inevitably YOU no matter how hard you fight it. And, here’s the kicker: That’s a good thing.

I’ve learned that matter what the situation is, try to laugh at yourself consistently. Allow yourself to enjoy the little things that make you the happiest. Reflect on what makes you different, and embrace it. You cannot beat negativity with negativity. Fighting unhappiness with hopelessness simply will not work.

Be weird. Be bold. Be courageous. Be clumsy. Be a hopeless romantic. Be sarcastic. Be different. Just be YOU.

At the end of the day, the only way you will reach complete success and happiness is by accepting yourself. It is by taking the opportunity to laugh, to make mistakes, to eat that extra cookie. By not taking yourself so seriously. And, guess what? Your loved ones will be right there with you to back you up.

And they might laugh at you a bit. (That means it is working.)

I challenge you to challenge yourself. What I’m saying is don’t feed into daily negativity or anxieties.

It’s cliché, but life really is too darn precious for that. Be the person you want your significant other to be, be the person you want your children to be.

Yes, it’s easier said than done. No, you won’t be perfect at it. That’s a good thing too.

Putting forth the effort is enough to make a difference. Love each day more than the last. But, be careful. You just might enjoy it.

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