It is amazing how quickly our lives can become drab and colorless if we do not have something to look forward to. We wait far too long for that once-a-year vacation or that special event. It just isn’t enough. Or perhaps it might be enough, but being successful is not about having just enough—it’s about abundance and happiness. You need an abundance of good things to look forward to—a bare minimum of at least one thing every day. Don’t overlook the simple things, which are often the most rewarding, and bring us the greatest joy and happiness.

To get you thinking, here are some things you could look forward to on a weekly or daily basis:

  • a half-hour of peace to mediate or write in a journal
  • a walk with a friend
  • a bike ride through the park
  • a bubble bath
  • seeing a play or going to the theatre
  • trying out a new restaurant
  • calling a friend to chat
  • reading a book
  • cooking and then enjoying a favorite meal or dish with your friends
  • a good stretch
  • a massage
  • 20 minutes sun-bathing
  • a dance or exercise class

What is your ideal morning or evening? Treat yourself with as many elements of your ideal day as possible, and you will be happier and more energized throughout the day. Take a few minutes right now to write down in vivid detail your ideal day from the moment you wake up in the morning until you fall asleep at night. How many elements of your ideal day are possible to do every day starting right now? Give yourself the time to enjoy your day and you’ll be glad to get up and out of bed every morning.