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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 reminded 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 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 in 2020 to talk about how to find happiness amidst the coronavirus, but the lessons he shared still apply today. 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 a difficult or challenging conversation, recalibrate it 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 in the comments below. Or share on social media and tag three others inviting them to find their “pocket of happy” too.  Don’t forget to tag me too and use #inawe.


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

13 replies on “In Awe 21-Day Challenge – Day 8”

A walk on the beach watching the pelicans dive and the piping plovers race, breathing in the sea air and feeling the sun shine

Yesterday pocket of happy was a spontaneous visit to the beach in Aruba with the family and some friends. Had a great time!

Today’s pockets of happiness include going to a friend’s house to pick tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden to take home with me, and chatting with them on their patio. Also, stopping on the way home from their house and taking a walk during the breezy evening, and watching others exercise and play. Later on, I found a very interesting podcast while looking for sound editing tutorials on YouTube.

Today I enjoyed the nature in the park I rode a bike through. It was amazing just to feel air, sun and see green light from trees.

Also, I liked the sun in my flat in 7am. It made me shining.

My pockets of happy are when I get to see my grandchildren. Even though I can’t hug or kids them, just seeing them makes me so happy.

I am a high school math teacher and have been frustrated by distance learning. I am able to send out material and assignments to my students but it has been a challenge to get and give feedback. I have spent hours compiling stuff from the Internet for my students but they feel lost. I was on khan academy today and it was actually one of my pockets of happy because I was just going through doing problems and when you get one correct confetti flies and I get excited. Also my son and I love top chef and we always watch Friday night and lent is over so we will have steaks and watch top chef

I am currently staying with my son’s family (3 hours from my home) so I can help out during the shelter in place order. My son is a high school teacher and my daughter in law still goes to work at the bank (tho the lobby is closed to the public).

My grandson is in 2nd grade and my granddaughter is in pre-school. I help out with their distance learning so my son can teach his HS students. My grandkids are my pockets of hope.

I’ve read Shawn’s book and enjoyed it very much.

My pocket of happiness – first one that came to mind is my students. I’m a high school business / computer / leadership teacher of 31 years & I had 2 amazing Zoom calls with two of my seniors today. The joy it brought to me, was amazing! It’s the same when I am reading my student responses, or their blog post assignments. I had to remind myself of that tonight as we watched the news a little bit (I only watch a little local & national news around dinner – and that’s all I can handle) 😉 Well tonight was too much politics, anger, and the negative side of people. Walked away with a headache and then I knew I had to change things up a bit and I moved getting back to John O’Leary’s 21 Day Challenge to help me out – and it did just that!

My pockets of happiness have been working on photo projects. My husband brought home a digital frame a few months ago from a conference. I finally opened it up this week and figured out how to use it. I am loading it up everyday with pictures from the same date (e.g., April 9th) from the past 18 years so the kids can see themselves “on this day” for many different years. A new group of pictures everyday and lots of laughs already!

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.

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