“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit“. ~ Aristotle
We talked about habits yesterday. Let’s delve deeper into forming habits, happy ones of course. Habits go through three stages:
Habits shape one’s life and are a simple series of events
- Recognise the cue / trigger
- Create a response
- Receive a reward or outcome
Habits consistently formed in this order are habits that are seldom broken. A classic example is that gym membership that we all are guilty of taking, at the beginning of each year.
If we identify the trigger – losing belly fat, for instance; create a response mindfully – hitting the gym every day; and receive a reward or outcome – a weekend cheat meal, for example, we will form this habit consciously, and over time, it will take us to a better space in our lives.
Well, kolams are a great way of starting a happy habit as well. And that’s what we aspire to do – help you form this habit that requires focus and mindfulness. When these qualities are wired into our neurons, habit forming itself becomes an easier process.
So, Devi, our kolam for the day, although small and cute, requires you to be undistracted and completely mindful. Draw Devi, again and again, and soak in the moment of joy as you get it right.
Let’s make a start. Keep them small. Be mindful & intentional. Push for consistency. Celebrate every submission. Build a happier self and community, over the next 108 days.
About Draw Happiness
What really is it? Is it the lightness of the heart? A cheerful mood? A sense of contentment? Inner peace? Spring? The blue sky? A cruise?
Whatever it is, it is something all of us seek. It is the basis on which every other emotion is built and experienced. Simply put, happiness is a decision. A choice.
Kolam podu is an effort to gently nudge you to choose happiness. How? By committing to a happier space for the next 108 days, focusing on drawing simple sweet kolams, sharing with all of us, spreading happy thoughts, journaling and lots more. Happiness has a snowballing effect. And it begins with each one of us.
Let’s come together on this project, and draw happiness!
Life is beautiful, if you choose for it to be. Until then Kolam Podu !