Small “Glimmers” That Instantly Spark Joy and Brighten Our Day

Small “Glimmers” That Instantly Spark Joy and Brighten Our Day

Happiness is often in the little things.

Sure, completing big accomplishments and reaching goals is great.

But by definition, the big achievements are relatively infrequent.

Finding joy and happiness in those small moments within each and every day can boost all other positive emotions and create momentum and energy for the bigger things in life…

via Thrive Global by Marina Khidekel

We’ve heard of triggers, but a term for their opposite — “glimmers” — has been trending recently. Glimmers are small, positive moments that spark joy and make us smile. The term was coined by clinical social worker Deb Dana, who explains that glimmers prompt our nervous system to feel calm in the moment. And recognizing glimmers over and over can begin to train our brains to notice the positive around us. “We’re not talking great, big, expansive experiences,” she explains. “These are micro moments that begin to shape our system in very gentle ways.”

We asked our Thrive community to share with us the little glimmers that brighten their day. Which of these glimmers sparks joy for you?

Watching a bee in the garden

“Every time I see a bee buzzing around my garden, I am filled with joy. I once read somewhere that in its lifetime of about 40 days, a bee will produce 1/12th spoon of honey. I am so grateful for this beautiful wonderful creature and its role in the ecosystem.”

—Leticia Corbisier, leadership consultant, Brussels, Belgium

Taking beach walks

“For me, when I’m triggered, one glimmer I use includes walking on the beach and deeply breathing in the salty sea air.”

— Arielle Ford, author, La Jolla, CA

Buying fresh flowers

“For me, flowers are my glimmers. Whether I buy them for myself or they are given to me by someone special, they spark joy and make me happy. Each time I look at them I think of the beauty that God has created. I take the expression ‘make time to smell the roses’ literally and each time I enter my dining room I stop to inhale their sweet fragrance. Flowers calm me and make everything better.”

—Venessa Perry, CEO, Washington, DC

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