How often do you celebrate?

I’m not talking about big celebrations like weddings or birthday parties. I’m talking about the little things in life. For example, celebrating your goal of reaching a certain number of social media followers, celebrating purchasing no junk food at the grocery store, or celebrating your friend?s accomplishments of running a 5K.

If we aren?t living a life of celebration, we need to re-examine our surroundings and fix it.

Watch this video (make sure you watch till the end).

Whether it was intentional or not, I love this because the guy literally threw himself a mini-dance party even though he was losing. It was 1 point. But that small victory gave him confidence and a reason to keep going. It was something positive in a negative situation. And heck, it also brought laughter and some encouragement to the thousands of viewers who later saw it on Youtube.

We often stay so focused on the big plans and larger milestones in life that we overlook and ignore the little things.

I’m here to say that it’s important it’s necessary to celebrate the little things and here are 5 reasons why:

1. It keeps you motivated to do more.

When I did my cross country bike tour with Venture Expeditions, I was not a professional cyclist by ANY means. In Florida, it’s hot & humid and my routes were all flat. Out West, it’s completely different: desert, mountains, dry heat. Woof.

I remember the first day of century riding in the desert. First mile in and I wanted to die. Only 99 left. But each time we did a mile, we celebrated. Every 10 miles we celebrated harder by taking a break, hydrating & snacking, high-fiving and then beginning the trek to the next 10 mile stop. Celebrating little by little made us even more motivated to get to the end goal.

2. You begin to really count & value your blessings.

When you’re on a bike for 13 hours a day you begin to count your blessings. Not saying you need to hop on a bike for hours to accomplish this, I’m saying take the time to realize the blessing when you celebrate. Celebration is an expression of gratitude.

For me, celebrating each mile on a bike was me thanking God that I didn’t have to walk that mile to get clean water. When my husband did his first wedding as an officiant, I was grateful for a righteous man who can bless others. When my best friends ran a 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathon all in one weekend I was grateful that they were healthy enough to do so and that they inspired others who weren’t athletes that they could do the same. Mini-Celebrations bring gratitude and a new positive perspective into our lives.

For some reason it makes me think of this video. This was intended as a prank, but the kid was so grateful, his celebration brought joy to others:

3. It will Boost Your Mood.

Who doesn’t love the feeling of accomplishing something off the to-do list?

I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel so happy.

Celebrating the minor tasks not only motivates us, they also boost our confidence which can lead to great opportunities.

4. You’ll Begin to Surround Yourself with Positive People.

Once I began to celebrate the little things in life, I naturally began to find others who did the same because I wanted a community who celebrated each other. I began to minimize the time I was hanging & talking to dramatic/negative people. Once I took toxic situations out of the picture, my life began to radically change for the better.** Celebration became a part of life and not a party you attend every so often.

**One of my favorite people to follow is Dr. Caroline Leaf. She is a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. She’s constantly bringing to the light the importance of detoxing negative situations & thoughts. I highly recommend following her if you need advice on releasing toxic thoughts

5. You Begin to Celebrate Other’s Victories, and They Celebrate Yours.

Celebrating cultivates a positive community. When you begin to celebrate the little things for yourself, you also want to celebrate others. Recently I joined some creative entrepreneur facebook groups. It’s been pretty awesome. We’re actually encouraged to share our accomplishments so we can celebrate one another, inspire and give advice to others who want the same. Put yourself in groups & friendships that you are excited to celebrate with and watch your business & attitude grow and change for the better.

At the end of the day, accept where you are, look forward to what is to come and celebrate the little things the whole dang way.