Despite the many challenges this year held, all kinds of folks found ways to thrive. Necessity being the mother of all invention, many began new businesses or changed careers. Others pivoted their businesses. Some realized personal goals. Others relished settling into a new rhythm which afforded them access and precious time with loved ones. And yet…it feels odd to acknowledge these high points, successes and victories…maybe it even feels a bit shelfish or shameful to celebrate in light of what we have also born witness to in 2020.
Here’s why celebrating everything from tiny wins to giant leaps and major victories is important. Celebrations improve cognitive performance and workplace satisfaction. Celebrations, even tiny ones – for you parents out there think potty dances – make us happier. Celebrating releases the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, norepinefrine and endorphin into our systems, leaving us feeling like we could take on the world or that we just finished a great workout.
Even I thought celebrating a $200 Million rocket exploding was a bit of a stretch, but heck, let’s take a page out of Elon Musk’s playbook and invoke Kook and the Gang! “Celebrate good times, COME ON!” Who can’t use a potent neurotransmitter boost right about now? If sharing publically doesn’t feel right, find a sharing buddy, play that one song that makes you sing or dance, indulge in a treat, and/or consider spreading your good fortune around. For me, that’s the surest way to feel that neurotransmitter release.
If you need something to celebrate, start small…like the fact that you are breathing and your heart is beating. And if you need a celebrating buddy, I’d happily volunteer and share in your good fortune!