Infusing Celebrations Into Your Daily Life

Charlene King, Project Manager on September 02, 2014

I recently had my 31st birthday a couple weeks ago.  I am now officially in my 30s! I’ve been noticing that a lot of my friends and family members choose not to celebrate their birthdays anymore as they get older.  For some reason birthdays become less important with age.  I firmly believe this should be the complete opposite!  We should be celebrating even harder every year! It is another year of accomplishments and life experiences! I’ve been holding true to this notion for years and have often started planning my birthday months in advance.  I think this has something to do with the fact that my birthday is in the summer and as a child growing up my birthday parties were a bit sad in attendance. In the recent past, I’ve rented a boat, went paintballing and did some skydiving.  I’m a person that is very serious about my birthday.  This year I decided to rent sumo suits! We had some marathon wrestling matches that ended in truces and fake wins! 40 lbs of extra weight in 30 plus temperatures ensured exhaustion! Whether it is your birthday, graduation, anniversary or other random day of the week I think it’s important to celebrate! Celebrations can come in all shapes and sizes. They can be a coffee date, small gathering, dinner party, bbq in your backyard or even a massive dance party with piñatas! Whatever way you wish to celebrate I think it is essential to take note of your accomplishments and celebrate even the tiny wins throughout the day. Also, why not celebrate a friend, co-worker or family member? When people feel acknowledged by their social network we create a supportive social environment that engages individual strengths. This becomes the foundation of healthy workplaces, communities and cities. Consider celebrating someone in your life by sending a note or card, buying them a coffee or just telling them they are awesome!  Please note that cake is also always a winner at celebrations!

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