“On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.” H. Allen Smith
“Candy is natures way of making up for Mondays.” Unknown “There are no miracles on Mondays.” Amy Neftzger
All men are created jerks? No miracles? As a sugar freak, I do like the one about candy though. Look up quotes about Monday and you’ll be hard pressed to find something positive. And it’s no surprise why. We wake up early, back to a job we may not enjoy, the ‘grindstone’, traffic, homework, life responsibilities. It makes sense. But I also subscribe to Henry Ward Beechers thoughts that ‘The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.’ There’s nothing more common than a Monday. We get one every week right? And almost every week, we hate it.
Last year, feeling a little empty, a bit lack luster and without a lot of motivation, I started trying to implement little things in my life to generate happiness. I got a little better about going to yoga, I was committed to expressing gratitude on the regular, playing music, lighting candles, diffusing essential oils, eating healthier food. But one of the best things I did for my OWN happiness was to start ‘make someone happy Monday’ If this is the hardest day of the week for a lot of people, why not try to make it just a tiny bit better? I try (and sometimes forget) to do a small purposeful act of kindness every Monday for a friend, family member or stranger. I’m not saying I don’t try to be kind all week or help people when needed, but every Monday, I sit and think.. ‘what can I do today? What would make someone happy?’ I carry around gift cards in small denominations to hand out, I may write a letter or send a gift to someone out of town, I’ve bought flowers and handed them to a stranger in the parking lot.
It’s hard for me to say.. ‘look at me, look at this good thing I think I’m doing’! That’s not my purpose here. I’ve been inspired by things I’ve read that other people are doing. I’ve been motivated in the past by things that I would have never thought of. Like putting out snacks and drinks for delivery drivers at Christmas. This resonated with me since all of my work orders and gifts are coming then and I can have drivers dropping off up to 4 times a day. I LOVED this idea and it was easy to implement. I read about a couple that instead of having a wedding reception, traveled around all 50 states to do an act of kindness in each state. How cool is that? I’m sharing this, because by saying it out loud, it helps me stay accountable. I also would love it if it inspired someone else to make Monday a day they purposefully do an act of kindness. It’s a great way to start off the week. I also want to hear what other people are doing! I love getting new ideas and inspiration. If you’re not already, follow me on Instagram and hash tag #makesomeonehappymonday and tag me.. @jessicagiblin Let’s inspire each other! Happy Monday my friends! Here’s to a happy week!
Deidra’s HMU by the always amazing Christi Reynolds.