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Welcome to Day 8 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today, we spark inspiration, meaning and joy by finding pockets of happy!

“The grass is greener…
on the side you water!”

On Challenge Day 1, I remind us of this truth. What we choose to focus on tends to grow. Focus on good… find more good. Focus in stead on bad… you guessed it! Today, we revisit this idea.

CHALLENGE: Identify your pockets of happy.

INSPIRATION: That’s right, in the midst of the chaos you’re experiencing (working from home with little ones running around, financial distress because your place of work closed, a feeling of isolation while you’re quarantined) there are pockets of happy – but you have to train yourself to look for them and celebrate them.

Shawn Achor, positive psychologist and best-selling author of Happiness Advantage, joined me on my Live Inspired Podcast to talk about how to find happiness amidst the coronavirus. Join us for some refreshing, practical tips.

ACTION: Identify your pocket of happy by observing when you feel simple moments of joy today. Then, when you find yourself pulled into conversation, thinking or reading about the coronavirus or state of the economy, recalibrate the conversation to one about your pocket of happy. You will be better off for it, and so will the loved one you are connecting with.

My friend, today is your day! Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary




P.S. What’s your pocket of happy? Share on social media and tag three others, inviting them to find their “pocket of happy” too. Tag me + include #inawe to be entered to win a copy of IN AWE. (Or post on Day 8 Challenge page.) Each day until publication (5/5), I’ll pick one person to win a copy to gift to a neighbor, favorite barista or as a random act of kindness (because you’ve already preordered copies for yourself, friends + family, right? :).


Did you know? The 21-Day IN AWE Challenge is inspired by John’s forthcoming book IN AWE. Preorder your copy + follow all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.

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  • Marie-Josée

    I had a lot of simple joys today!
    I made a cake with my daughter, a walk with my son, a live meditation with nice people this morning.

    In awe!

  • jody freitas

    I blogged this one for work! Posting tomorrow! Thank you. Pointing to you John O’Leary! So inspired by you – this is truly a gift to share.

  • Joel Boggess

    This is an easy one!!!
    Without a doubt, not withstanding family time or activities, my #1 pocket of happiness comes when I am working out.
    For me, there is nothing like pushing your own limits. And while there are many ways to do that, during a workout (cardio/non cardio) I can see it, feel it, quantify it).
    I am alive and creative when I am moving my body. And there have been many times that I’ve come home at the end of a workout with a new idea, concept, or a solution to a challenge that has had me stumped.

    • John O'Leary

      Joel my man! Great comment and love that you’re taking the challenge.
      We’d like to send you a copy of IN AWE once it’s released in May. Can you send an email over to brian@johnolearyinspires.com and include the best address for shipping?

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