A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
While generosity is a beautiful virtue that this world could use more of, rewarding one’s self is also something that should never be forgotten. It’s a good way of recognizing your achievements and boosting your self-esteem.
Give yourself a pat on the back for a successful businesses proposal or for accomplishing a whole month of skipping desserts. For moments that call for celebration, here are some rewards you can give to yourself, material gifts that will remind you of the non-material essentials in life.
A Good Book
When was the last time you got engrossed in a literary adventure? Whether it’s an inspirational self-help book or magical fiction novel, any book is always capable of taking you to another dimension, a place where you can channel the adventure seeker in you and get away from the otherwise strenuous reality of work and personal life.
Give yourself a chance to discover something new. You will be surprised at how reading even just a few minutes every day can buy you wisdom, whether it’s a random trivia you can someday use or a timely tip you can apply on what you are going through at the moment.
This is a gift to yourself that will remind you that it is simply okay to be apart from technology for a while and be in one with your thoughts. You’ll find that writing your heart out, while in high spirits or when you’re feeling extremely low, will make you appreciate your blessings more or make you feel relaxed about something that has been worrying you.
Make it even more special by having your pen personalized. Your name engraved in it will surely give you a compulsion to just pick it up and put it to good use.
Pair of Shoes
Get that one pair that had you swooning over the very first time you laid your eyes on it. But don’t treat it as an ordinary pair. Make this a gift that will remind you to move forward, to walk away from the negativity of the past, and to run towards your dream.
Whether you are a sports buff, a stiletto kind of girl, or one who wanders around the world in comfortable flip-flops, a pair of shoes that you really chose and like will go a long way. Now each time you use or look at that pair, remind yourself that the way to freedom and happiness is not backwards but forwards.
A classic gift you can give to anyone, a watch is something that will remind you of the simple phrase you might want to live by: time is gold. One way of being happy is knowing that you have made use of your time wisely. After all, a two-hour movie you have been forced to watch can often be a drag, doesn’t it?
You feel like every minute is wasted just watching characters you couldn’t care less about. This is also true when you are stuck at a job you do not like or in a relationship you cry about every night.
Life is short. Never miss the opportunity of making yourself happy. You can do this by making sure you do not waste time on people who are bringing you down and on moments that you could have used on something else that could have been more fulfilling.
Yes, something edible. Get a bowl of veggie salad and remind yourself how important your health is, more than anything else.
Often we find excuse in getting healthy and realizing too later its real value. There are always ways to sneak workouts and eating healthy into your daily routine, if only you are dedicated enough. It also doesn’t hurt how sweating out releases happy hormones. Knowing that you have done something meaningful will help you feel more content.