I share my office with my two adorable house rabbits, Ewok & Henry. They make me smile everyday, and I thought, “What they heck. I’m sharing these little dudes through Instagram.” Eventually I tagged the photos “#thedailybon”, “bon” being my quickspeak for “bunnies.”
Two things happened:
- 1. People commented how much they looked forward to seeing the bunny photos on Facebook & Twitter.
- 2. In looking for tiny, ordinary bunny moments that made me smile, what could have been a distraction became a fun and simple gratitude practice.
For the month of November, I invite you to start your own daily bon gratitude practice.
It’s simple: look for something during your workday that makes you smile, take a pic with Instagram, include #thedailybon in the Instagram “Write a caption” box, and Share.
You probably don’t have rabbits under your desk. That’s ok–
A daily bon is any ordinary thing from your workday that makes you smile.
Cup of coffee, fancy shoes, laughing co-worker, favorite piece of art, great meal, an empty inbox.
The challenge is to find one bon a day, but do it however you want. Take 3 in one day, skip 2 days, it doesn’t really matter. The idea is to put attention on simple joys and share them.
UPDATE: Some folks have written saying that they don’t have a smartphone or don’t do Instagram. Don’t let the details stop you–post to Twitter or Facebook with #thedailybon. Write it in the sand. Hire a skywriter. Just play.
It all starts with gratitude
You want to know the foundation of my business? Gratitude.
Radically embracing gratitude is what shifted me into a career I love that takes care of me. So yeah, I hope the challenge is fun, but this is not fluff; it’s Business 101. Think about the business people you admire, and I’d be willing to bet they radiate gratitude.
November is an especially good time of year to cultivate a gratitude practice as we head into the holidays. Don’t wait for January 1 to bring more awareness to the abundance around you; join us now for #thedailybon!
You can find me on Instagram as laurasimms.
You can also check back at the bottom of this post to see a gallery of daily bons people are finding. As long as you use the hashtag #thedailybon, your photos will appear here (it can take 30 minutes for your pic to show up).
The more the bonnier
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I look forward to seeing all your bons!