When you give to yourself what you need to have the mental, emotional, and spiritual foundation to face life with energy, openness, and calmness, you can experience a cascade of positive experiences that build on and reinforce each other which can lead to even more positive experiences.
A morning that begins with exercise and meditation can mean you arrive at work in a calm state and interact with your co-workers in positive and productive ways. As a result of your ability to handle stress and facilitate positive relationships between co-workers, you’re asked to take the lead on an exciting project. Exercising your creativity and autonomy at work makes the hours fly by and instead of walking through the door at the end of the day exhausted, you arrive home with a smile on your face and give your spouse a loving kiss. Your spouse feels great and comes up with an idea to surprise you with one of your favorite treats. After being surprised by your spouse, you feel more love and greater sense of commitment to your relationship and eagerly support your spouse with something important to him/her. Feeling a deep sense of security and love at home, your children start to perform better in school. Now that you’re not worried about their school performance, you have more time to just enjoy your kids.
It’s a beautiful cycle. Give to yourself, because it’s the start of something good.