Every week as Monday morning rolls around, most of us sigh and complain about how quickly the weekend passed. What is it about Monday that we dislike so much?
How would life go if, instead of feeling blah and down about Monday we celebrated the day as Marvelous Monday? After seeing a Facebook post about Marvelous Monday, I googled the words and came up with almost 800,000 hits.
I didn't check out all of the hits but like the one above the best. The blog tells the story of a school janitor who greeted students each day with greetings of the day, including Marvelous Monday.
Here are 10 ways to have a marvelous Monday in Lynchburg, whether or not you have to work. You can apply these ideas and tips to wherever you are.
Visit Amazement Square in Lynchburg or a children's museum or indoor play area near where you live. Amazement Square is open today from 1-5 since the kids are out of school. Watching the kids run and play is a great way to be happy and cheerful about life in general. If you have kids or grandkids, bring them along but no kids are necessary to have a good time.
There's an old saying that you are only as happy as you make up your mind to be. Choose happy and see what happens. They say that you are what you think so think happy.
Do a good deed for someone else, not expecting anything in return. Too often, we do things for others and anticipate that we'll receive thanks or something else from them. An anonymous good deed can make you feel really good inside.
Pack a treat in your lunch. It doesn't have to be something big. Add a little handwritten note about what you like about yourself. Do the same thing in your kids' lunches and brighten their day.
Write down your favorite memory from the weekend on a piece of paper and put it into your pocket. When you feel Monday bringing you down, take out the piece of paper and relive your favorite memory.
Talk to someone you don't see every day. Whether it's a coworker in another part of the office, a relative who lives far away or a friend you haven't seen in a while, it will brighten your day to talk to them and may brighten their day too.
Go to the nearest park before work, after work or during your lunch break. Take an umbrella if you're in Lynchburg. Take a walk and enjoy nature's beauty. Bring your camera and take some photos of the winter landscape.
Organize a closet or junk drawer. Reclaiming a little corner of your house can brighten your day. It may even make you want to organize more of your house.
Make breakfast for dinner tonight. Breakfast foods can be a lot of fun, especially chocolate chip pancakes or chocolate gravy with biscuits. They say that chocolate gravy is a Southern tradition. If you don't have a recipe, you can find Paula Deen's recipe at the link above.
Start a gratitude journal today. Make a resolution to yourself that you will find three reasons every day to be happy, no matter what else is happening in your life.
Parenting isn't always an easy job and it's easy to get bogged down by the daily grind of work. Maybe there should be a parenting rule that all parents must make time to have fun every day.
It's always easy to find the negatives. When you try to find and focus on the positives instead, your life will change a little. Over time, you'll see a difference in the attitudes of those around you.
Today is a new day. It can be another blah Monday if you choose. But it can be a marvelous Monday if you decide that you want it to be. Choose marvelous and see what the day brings.