For as long as I can remember, we haven't included ribbons or bows on our presents. I hadn't given it much thought until this Christmas. At the insistence of my 11 year-old daughter, the presents under the tree this morning were all beautifully adorned.
In Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, she writes, “To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.”
With my children now 15 and 11 respectively, the sense of anticipation isn't what it was (wink!), making savoring things in real-time relatively more important. For my daughter, wrapping a present beautifully is savoring.
To then express happiness, after we had finished unwrapping, it was lovely to hug my husband and children, in turn, and to say Merry Christmas.
The best dreams are those we don't simply anticipate, but can savor as they unfold. One of my dreams is to have a happy family life.
Today that dream came true.