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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

What Makes Your Day Better?

When a storm brews and the thunder rumbles, Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music encourages the frightened von Trapp children to think of what makes their day better. “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” she begins the song, My Favorite Things.

The song isn’t about shutting out the storm. It’s about finding a better way through the storm. Here are some creative ways I’ve heard of people making their day greater than it could be.

1. One friend hangs clear lights from her office ceiling, the lights that people often use during the holidays. Whenever I visit her, the lights give a magical feeling to our time together. I also love lantern lighting festivals.

2. Another friend buys herself a bouquet of flowers once a week.

3. Others get some fresh air every day. They take a walk in the park, in nature, any place where there are trees, water, or flowers.

I encourage people to rewrite the lyrics to My Favorite Things so that it reflects what their favorite things are. Here’s my first verse: “Anything purple. And orchids and daisies. Walking in nature and laughing like crazy. Colorful hummingbirds with buzzing wings. These are a few of my favorite things.”

What makes your day better?

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