If I wrote you a check for $ 1 million, would it make you happy? How long do you think the ‘happiness’ would last? A week? A month? A year or two? You could probably purchase expensive gifts, vacations, or pay off debts, but will the ‘happiness’ end when the money does? Unfortunately, I can’t write you a check, but I can share something with you that can help add happiness to your life.
Here’s what a dear friend of mine advises: “Want to be happy for 10 minutes? A whole day? A week? The rest of your life? Simple! Garden.” I thought about it for a while and realized he was right. Gardening is therapeutic, relaxing, and allows us to connect with nature. The same techniques and principles that are required to nurture the gardens in our homes can also be applied to the gardens of our inner selves. When you are looking at the following tips, think about how they can be utilized in your personal life:
1. Clear out old debris (leaves, twigs, weeds . . . bad relationships) By getting rid of old things that hinder growth, you can create a clean slate fresh ground for positivity (insert a few ways people can de-clutter their lives).
2. Turn over some sod, plant new seeds in fertile soil With a fresh start you can begin to plant new seeds in a healthy environment that promotes growth and life. Don’t forget to protect your garden by utilizing organic fertilizer to keep weeds (negative energy) at bay.
3. Nurture your new garden with water, light, and love Watch and enjoy the new beautiful garden, but DON’T forget to water it.
Then sit back and admire your healthy new garden. While reflecting on your garden, think about the personal progress you have made in your life.
Start working on your garden today. You’ll be surprised at how these steps will help to bring you every day happiness and a sense of balance and purpose. What have you gardened lately?
Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto-based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.