I used to assign a little exercise to certain clients. I would ask them to write out 100 things that made them happy. Most everyone failed to do it. They had a week to do the list. I completed one in 20 minutes just to see if it was really that hard to do. What I discovered was that most of the people were looking for the big things. They were looking for a diamond ring or the perfect massage to be what made them happy. Life is rather made up of a series of small things though. The big events like an engagement, wedding, birth, new job, new home, etc., only come now and again and even the big events are fleeting.
Remember the phrase "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff"? What if we celebrated the small stuff and not just when we are told to by a Holiday. Often these same folks would hate Holidays because everything was always wrong. They had expectations that could not be fulfilled. They often ate and ate because they were looking for food to fill up the void of good feelings. The good feelings could not get in because they were passing them up waiting for something bigger and better to come along.
With Valentine's Day less than a week away - you might want to take out a sheet of paper and jot down 100 things you love. Let it be easy. Do you love sunshine or light or seeing a happy dog? What do you love? Then let yourself feel those good feelings all day long!!! It's even more fun than cookies - well maybe..................