Welcome, welcome, WELCOME to the inaugural post of Shawn W.rites!!! First off, you might be wondering why is there a “.” in the word “Writes”. A quick introduction, my name is Shawn W and I am a civil servant by day (currently) and an avid writer by night. To me, writing is almost like a “rite” or a “ritual” that helps me put things into perspective. Many of my thoughts and mindsets are formed as I think, reflect and write my heart out.
Over the past few years, I have been trying to write as often as I could, those who had previously read my blogs probably know that I have been in and out of writing for the past couple of years. While I cannot promise that this site would be updated regularly, I do promise that I will do my utmost to write and produce quality content in this blog. Also, I have committed myself to update only this site from now on, so do follow or subscribe to this if you have not.
Now, unto the first post of my new site Shawnwrites.com!
As I am writing this post, it is the wee hours of Monday night and the question that has been bugging my uneventful day is simply this – “How do you start your week on the right note?” How many of us have gone through our Monday blues and end off much the same we started out in the day? Somehow Tuesday feels much better, not because we have done a whole lot on Monday, but we are one day closer to the next weekend.
Never fear, another “3 Ways to” among the many “Top 10 of” and “Best 5 Methods” is coming your way! This one will be the “3 Ways to Start Your Week Right”.
1. Start the first moment of your day in GRATITUDE
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. (In Praise of Gratitude, Nov 2011)
The best way to start your day is to think of ONE thing you could be grateful for. Whether it is something that happened the day before, the week before, or even something you made up on the spot, the act of gratitude directs your focus on positive emotions and good experiences.
2. CONNECT with someone within the first hour of day
Strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity… strengthens our immune system… helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life… have lower rates of anxiety and depression… have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. Social connectedness therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. (Connect to Thrive)
The feeling of connectedness reinforces the fact that we are never alone in life. There is always someone you can connect with, whether it is a loved one, a friend, a colleague, even your dog or in my case, my pet terrapins and tortoise. The connection you make becomes the “positive feedback loop” that creates a momentum for a good day to start.
3. Surprise another person with an act of KINDNESS
Scientific studies reveal a strong link between gratitude and random acts of kindness and overall good health, including stress reduction, inner peace and happiness. (An Attitude of Gratitude and Random Acts of Kindness Can Release the Stress in Your Life)
As the Good Book says, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”. This saying never grows old because it is the foundation of a blessed life. The person who is able and mindful to give or be kind to another person is always happier than the person receiving the kindness. This kindness is doubled if you make it a surprise, totally unexpected.
There you have it, a quick first post for the site and thus begins the journey towards Shawnwrites. LIVE OUT!