Too often, self-help articles and therapists urge us to learn how to say ‘No.’ Of course, I do see why. Having to say ‘Yes’ when we really want to decline can be a great source of stress.
But for a change, I thought about the simple things that deserve an enthusiastic ‘YES,’ at least most of the time. Here is my list. Do share yours, too.
1. A chance to spend time with a child.
2. Homemade sponge cake sandwiched with cream. Diet another day!
3. A new idea. It might fizzle out in a few minutes/days/weeks, but give it the respect and consideration that it deserves. And if it clicks, it could change your life—or who knows, the world, too!
4. When your guests offer to help out in the kitchen—it makes them feel good, and lightens your load.
5. A friend’s invitation to linger a little longer.
6. A chance to watch the sunrise—or the sunset. It’s a grand show up there, day after beautiful day, and it’s completely free!
7. An opportunity to travel. There’s no greater way to expand the mind and open the heart.
8. A bed of grass that invites you to kick off your sandals and take a barefoot walk.
9. A challenge to try something you haven’t done before—play the piano, cook a meal, take the stage.
10. Dark chocolate—it’s heart-friendly, too!
11. An outstretched hand in genuine need of help.
12. Dessert! Always keep room for it.
13. A re-run of Casablanca and The Shawshank Redemption.
14. New foods and cuisines. Too often, we stick to the tried and the tasted, afraid of new flavors. Be adventurous, and who knows!
15. The here and the now. ‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past,’ said Oscar Wilde.