18 Apr Celebrate Your Successes!
Celebrate. You Deserve It!
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey
Measuring progress can be challenging. It requires perseverance and can often feel discouraging and slow. However, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the small victories that contribute to progress. These victories can be as simple as thinking positive thoughts, getting a good night’s sleep, making a dentist appointment, going to the gym, or even just getting out of bed. Regardless of how small they may seem, why not celebrate these victories?
Celebrating Success – a Crucial Part of Recovery
Celebrating small successes can have a positive impact on our brains. When we celebrate, our brain releases dopamine, also known as the “happy chemical,” which trains our brain, over time, to associate celebration with positive change. Scientific studies have shown that happy emotions are directly linked to behavioral changes for the better, making celebrating our successes a crucial part of the recovery process.
It’s important to note that change takes time, but looking back and recognizing progress can be incredibly motivating for further celebration. Take a moment to reflect on how you feel, and consider writing down the things that feel different to you. Are you less irritable with your loved ones? Have you made new friends? Are previously challenging tasks becoming easier? No matter how big or small, each positive change is a win, a success, and a reason to celebrate. So go ahead, look in the mirror, and give yourself a big ‘Whoop’! You deserve it!
You may be thinking…How are we going to celebrate sober? Find out in our next blog…
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