Have you ever noticed when some people walk into a room, the energy level of that room goes up a couple of notches? Sometimes a person’s sunny personality brightens even the gloomiest person’s mood. I know a few people like that. They bring their own sunshine, and have an irresistible zest for life.
Moreover, I live with an extremely vivacious 3 year old whose zest for life is infectious. He greets every new day with equal excitement and joy. Very few things really get him bogged down (potty training being one of them 😛 ). He is always ready for the next adventure. It’s the little things that fill him with joy. For example, when his dad sets up his new toy station, he runs around the house doing his happy dance for a good 10 minutes, or the times he is able to negotiate an extra slice of cake for himself, his excited squeal of delight reaches even the neighbors.
I guess as we grow up, we kind of lose touch with the simple joys and our natural optimism. How wonderful would it be if we retained some of that childlike zest for life? It would certainly make us happier as individuals and brighten the lives of those around us, as zest is like that – it’s highly contagious.
Psychologists say that zest is one of the five character strengths that contribute most to a sense of satisfaction and well being (The other four being curiosity, gratitude, optimism, and the ability to love and be loved). So if we are looking to increase our happiness, we should start approaching every new day with a zest for life. Don’t you think?
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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