Word Of the Week #586: Treat

October 29, 2015 by  

Treat – an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight.

When was the last time you had a delightful surprise or especially pleasant occasion? Do you enjoy treating others to delightful experiences? How good are you at treating yourself?

This week we celebrate Halloween and so Treat felt like a great WOW. I will feature the first half of Marisa DeMarco’s “25 Little Ways To Treat Yourself Better Every Day.” She writes, “Do you want to be made to feel special and loved? Isn’t it about time you let life work for you rather than you working for it? It’s all possible and within your reach…only if you are ready for it and willing to make the commitment to honor your needs.

  1. Eat whatever it is that you want; as salty or sweet as it may be. Enjoy it in moderation and without guilt.
  1. Accept a compliment by saying “thank you” whether you believe it or not. The person who gave it sees something noteworthy about you; trust them.
  1. Give a compliment to someone when you see something noteworthy about them. Allow for a moment of reciprocated happiness.
  1. Be kinder and gentler to others; they will in turn do the same for you.
  1. Be kinder and gentler to yourself; you deserve the same respect you give to others.a treat
  1. Within your means, save up and buy yourself a special gift. Your effort to obtain it will allow for its appreciation.
  1. Save up and give yourself the gift of “energy”. Say “yes” when willing and “no” when something feels more exhausting than pleasant.
  1. Take a 20-minute power nap when your body is tired.
  1. Dance, laugh, sing, twirl; give yourself permission to let loose.
  1. Cry, scream, pout, disconnect; give yourself permission to release frustration.
  1. Let your “mid-ground” be your normal mode of operation. It will keep you steady and capable to handle yourself in whatever situation you’re presented.
  1. Take pride in yourself; choose your clothes, words, and the people who surround you with careful attention.

And my treat of choice? A nice massage! Thank you Sandra. And of course, jewelry! As they say, “You can never be too thin or have too much jewelry.”

This week’s focus is all about treats. How would it feel to be kinder and gentler to others? How would it feel to give yourself permission to let loose? When was the last time you bought yourself a special gift?

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