Welcome to Day 14 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy with JOYFUL AWAITING.
“Anticipation of pleasure is a pleasure in itself.“ – Sylvia Townsend Warner
CHALLENGE: We all need something to look forward to. By starting a countdown today, you’ll unleash the power of joyful awaiting… and that enthusiasm will only increase as the days tick down!
INSPIRATION: Here’s a little snippet from Chapter 12 of IN AWE:
Research shows we get more enjoyment out of something after we’ve had time to anticipate it. One such example was noted by George Loewenstein, a professor in economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research. He performed a study asking respondents: If they could receive a kiss from anyone they wanted, would they rather have the kiss today or three days from now?
Which would you choose? Well, the vast majority of respondents chose three days from now. They wanted something to be excited about. They understood the promise of joyful awaiting.
Anticipation, it turns out, is one of the things that makes life so rewarding.
ACTION: Pick a date or event in the future and begin a countdown. How many days remain until then?
Joyful awaiting can be more encouraging when shared with someone. Inspire me by sharing what you’re joyfully awaiting in the comments below.
My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.