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Everyday is a day to celebrate

Celebrating every day to the fullest
Celebrating every day to the fullestViva Editions

We often think of celebrations as centering on special occasions, like birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or other holidays. But there is no need to wait for those special days. Everyday is a special day. Every week is cause for celebration. The very fact that you are alive, the wondrous world around you, and the extraordinary people in your life are all reasons to rejoice.

Pianist Arthur Rubinstein once said, “To be alive…it's all a miracle.” Yes indeed, it is all a miracle, including your being here. Just think, for example, there was a one-in-six billion chance your parents would have ever met. There was a one-in-ninety million chance that you should have been the lucky sperm that fertilized your mother’s egg. So, overall you are pretty lucky to be alive.

Each day this week, instead of focusing on all the stuff that is not so great in your life, focus on how blessed you are to be here and celebrate. And if you can’t readily come up with anything to celebrate personally (which is pretty unlikely) you can do a computer search and find a special occasion each week of the year. All are great excuses for a celebration.

For example, in June, there is "Smile Power Day" on June 16, "Eat Your Vegetables Day" on June 17, and on June 20 you can celebrate both "Ice Cream Soda Day" as well as "Take Your Dog to Work Day."

And if you are uncertain what or when to celebrate something, the 1st of June might have helped you. It was "Flip-a-Coin Day."

My book, Always Look on the Bright Side, contains 500 suggestions for celebrating life. One of them that I like a lot is from Oprah Winfrey. She reminds us, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

What will you celebrate this week?