As I sit down to write this, I am fortunate to have discovered a practice that incorporates delight into my life on a daily basis. I note the activities, events, interactions, foods, music, even thoughts that bring me delight. Right now I am able to step into this practice everyday, and well... it's delightful. The common theme I noticed when I'm in a state of delight is that it tends to live along side simple moments. Delight can feel fleeting when we are not familiar with it, and getting familiar with it can require vulnerability, leaving us feeling awkward in the beginning. Finding our individual path towards delight is wholly centered-around our authenticity. An uplifting or positive event may be experienced by two people very differently. One person may feel joy, happiness, or cheer- but not be delighted by the event. While that same event may spark a deep sense of delight in the other person. Delight is completely subjective and the greater awareness we have of ourselves the clearer our relationship to delight becomes. In this post I'd like to share with you my top 5 delight tools and ask what brings you delight. Do you have a practice of delight? If so I hope you share it with us. Stretching Right before I sat down to write this article I was stretched out over my chirp wheel, wheezing in delight. Stretching right now, for me, is a daily release. To be clear, I'm not talking about yoga. I love yoga... but the stretching I'm talking about is very different. I'm talking about the position you take that releases all the stress out of your head. At 43, stretching has taken on new purpose and meaning in my body. I stretch now to move discomfort around, and most days delight in that sensation. I'm talking about the kind of stretch you may find yourself doing by the sink, in the car, against the wall, lying on the floor, or even in bed (if you want to be very decadent about it). This kind of stretch ignites deep delight for me these days, so it's definitely become a top 5 resource in the delight department. Check out this Healthline article for some simple stretches to get you started if you currently don't have a practice. A Hot Cup of Tea It really doesn't get more basic than this, and at the same time there is something deeply deeply complex in the simplicity of taking delight in a cup of tea. If you are not a regular tea drinker, start with a hot drink that isn't centered around amping you up. Do you have a drink that makes you feel nurtured and comforted? Tea has become my go to drink for the past few years and now I found myself turning to it more heavily during lockdown. I take delight in the focused act of slowing down, taking in the warmth of the mug in my hands, feeling the steam on my face, and the comforting creaminess of black tea and milk. When I take a moment like that in fully while sitting on my porch with the sun dancing through the tree, I am in pure delight. Try a tea practice for two weeks and see if anything shifts for you. Intimidated about making tea? Use this lovely how to by Stinkymum . ALSO... If anyone has a good green tea prep link, please send it my way, I'm irrationally intimidated by it and I'd love to expand my tea knowledge. Dancing To be clear I define dancing as the internalized sensation that comes from rhythmic energy. This can be rocking, tapping your toes, swaying your hips, or straight up getting on down. If you watch me in the kitchen, you'll see me do all of these. Dancing is a great way to release endorphins, connecting us to delight. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly my mood can improve when a favorite song comes on that gets me moving. Delighting in dance is once of the easiest ways I can remind myself about the pleasures we get to enjoy while we are alive. Dancing has also been shown to have clear links to improved brain health and increased serotonin levels (which probably explains why many of us derive delight from dancing). For more information about the effects dancing has on brain chemistry check out this article from the Harvard Medical School . Sun Basking Note I did not say, sunlight. To me delighting in sunlight is an active task. When I delight in the sun, I am highly present with that moment. My awareness is elevated but serene. When I am delighting in sunlight I bask in it. It can feel very noble at times. Basking in the sun allows me to take in its warmth, glow in its light, and feel deeply connected to joyful energy. In short, sun basking brings me a grounded delight that can be incredibly powerful and infectious. If you have a window or location that gets at least 10 minutes of sunlight a day, try sitting in that spot and feel the sunlight on your skin. See if your delight levels are higher after doing this daily for one week. To learn more about the relationship between sunlight and our brain health check out this article from The Best Brain Possible . Heart Centered Connections Ok, this one may seem very touchy feely but hear me out. One of the strongest ways I experience delight is during connected moments with others. These moments can be with a shared look that says, "Yup I'm in this moment with you too." I also find them in simple exchanges, greetings, shared laughter, and kind eye contact. I also believe you can have heart centered interactions with more than just people. We can experience heart centered connections to animals and nature as well. Every time I encounter moments of heart centered connections, they feel like small doses of delight dished out to me throughout the day. These super simple connections satiate me during delight droughts, and when they are abundant I am drowning in delight. I think heart centered connections hit so heavy on my delight scale because even on a very small level the choice to open yourself up to connection with others requires vulnerability. The risk of vulnerability gets rewarded when we connect with others, allowing us to delight in belonging. That bond of belonging hits on some of our most primal hardwiring. The effects of neglecting this bond can manifest in trauma, hostility, and poor mental, emotional, and physical health. Conversely, feeding ourselves with heart centered connections, not only helps combat all of those things, but rewards us with the feeling of delight. Think about the power of eye contact and a, "Hello! Have a good day!" can actually have the next time you are out for a walk or errand. Heart centered connections are feeling especially delightful these days, since so many of us are still in some form of lockdown. I know for me, eye contact and a "hello" on my morning walk, hits home in a whole new way because there are days when that may be the most human interaction I have for the day. Recognizing these connections bring me delight, allows me to set intensions around how I incorporate them into my life such as finding them on a walk, at my supermarket, at my laundromat, and with my delivery and postal workers. I understand my energy ebbs and flows. There are days when a daily delight practice comes easily and there are other times when I struggle to step into this practice. The activities (like writing this article tucked under blankets with a warm cup of tea next to me), and items that bring me delight act as resources during challenges when delight seems so far away. I hope this gives you a new way to think about delight and how often you allow yourself to experience it. Here's to hoping the months ahead are filled with more delight! How does delight show up in your life? Is there a specific thing you do simply because it delights you? Has it been a while since you felt delight? What were you doing the last time you felt delight? Share your thoughts with us, I'd love to pick up new delights to add to my practice!