How to Celebrate Life Every Day and Make Each Day Count

I first learned what it means to celebrate life every day from a little program called SpongeBob SquarePants. I’ve always loved the show. It’s funny, but it’s also much more than that. Listening beyond the jokes can also be a full-service guide to a happier life. It’s something of a cure to the burdens and struggles of everyday life.

Such is the case in one particular episode that opens with SpongeBob himself in full Viking attire (complete with beard), shouting in indiscernible but vaguely nordic-sounding utterances and gleefully informing his friends and neighbors that today is Leif Erikson Day.

I was delighted the first time I saw this episode. It had never occurred to me that any day could be a cause to get all dressed up and celebrate life. So soon after, I went out and bought one of those tear-away desk calendars. Each page had a new holiday, one for every day of the year.

As I ripped off each page of my calendar, it hit me: you don’t need to wait for a landmark holiday. Every day of your life, on its own, offers plentiful reason to celebrate if you know where to look.

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Today Is a Good Day to Celebrate Life

Unfortunately, not every day can be Leif Erikson Day. Although, if you happen to be reading this on October 9th, it is Leif Erikson Day! So get out there and discover a new continent across the roaring sea, you beautiful creature!

Life is brimming with magical holidays, events, and occasions worth celebrating. I bought that calendar as a child because it highlighted such an occasion every day. To fill in the gaps, as it were. I believe I had the right spirit of looking for a holiday to celebrate every day. But I also missed one fundamental point: you don’t need a reason to celebrate life every day

Suppose you do have a reason; that’s terrific. Don’t let go of it. But if you don’t have one at the ready, you still deserve to celebrate with the rest of us anyway.

Every day, good things happen to you, and new roads open up to more good stuff later. And if nothing else, each day is a day that you continue to survive all that ails and assails you, and you continue to have new chances to laugh, learn, and love. And that is reason enough to celebrate. So take a moment, set the bad stuff aside, and enjoy your extraordinary and abundant existence.

Let’s Celebrate Together

An idea that sparked in me with a cartoon, and continued with a calendar, is now a major part of how I live my life. Every day, there is a justifiable cause to celebrate being present, alive, and awesome. 

What does this kind of celebration look like? Well, pretty much whatever you want! Anything you love that fills you with enthusiasm for everything in your life is excellent. For me, it often involves colorful lights, fun music, and moderately priced Irish whiskey. But it certainly doesn’t have to, for me or anyone else. 

It can mean throwing yourself a little party, enjoying a favorite food, making time for games and other fun with people, or even just basking in the adventures of the great indoors (another invaluable life lesson from SpongeBob, by the way).

I cannot tell you precisely what celebrating means or looks like for you. But, I can tell you that you deserve to — and should — do it as often and as enthusiastically as possible. There will always be bad stuff out there and problems for us to solve, and we’ll get to those too, don’t you worry. But for this moment, bring your full attention to all of the wonderful things, days, and people in your life that are well worth celebrating, and then do it. 

If you wait until you’ve solved every problem and won every battle, you’ll miss out on all the opportunities for joy and excitement. Celebrate life every day, in whatever way calls to you. Oh, and happy Leif Erikson Day.

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Hey, I’m Sam. I created this blog to explore big ideas, both old and new, about building a better life. My mission is to evolve the conversation about personal growth and have fun doing it.

2 thoughts on “How to Celebrate Life Every Day and Make Each Day Count”

  1. “Every day good things happen to you” I really liked this the most Sam, its often easy to lose sight of the good things, but every day should be cause for some sort of celebration!

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