Glimmers are tiny moments that bring joy or happiness and they are the opposite of “triggers”. “Triggers” are widely understood, but few people know about their opposite: glimmers. Glimmers are small moments that spark joy or peace, which can help cue our nervous system to feel safe or calm. Experts say this mindset shift can make a positive impact on our mental health.
While I only recently learned of the term, “glimmers,” I have talked about tiny moments that bring joy or happiness, they can also spark ease, relaxation, safety, connection or a feeling that the world is OK even for a fleeting moment for more than 25 years.
I’ve heard and read far too many ‘experts’ that have suggested that trauma, anger, hurt, fear and sadness can simply be replaced with love and other happy emotions. I’ve never bought into this notion. I’ve always talked about “both/and“. In other words, I believe it be respectful and much more healing to acknowledge physical, mental and emotional pain and find and appreciate the small moments of goodness.
My book, Becoming the Greatest Expression of You is all about acknowledging the moments of joy, the glimmers, in your life. Your biology is wired in a way so that you don’t discount the trauma or the crisis or the ongoing suffering that you may be experiencing. Rather, you recognize that your biology is exquisitely set up to be able to also notice the micro moments of goodness. I can show you how you too can find those small moments that bring joy and happiness.
‘Glimmers’ are the opposite of triggers. Here’s how to embrace them
Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, March 23, 2022: Glimmers aren’t just tiny moments that bring joy or happiness, they can also spark ease, relaxation, safety, connection or a feeling that the world is OK even for a fleeting moment.
Glimmers can be found in different places and senses. Some examples include:
- In nature, admiring your garden or seeing the stars in the sky.
- Noticing a stranger’s smile or the warmth of a loved one’s voice.
- Feeling comforted by furry friends.
- Unexpected church bells or your favorite song playing on the radio.
“You feel something happen inside,” Dana says. “There’s an energy that happens around a glimmer, and then your brain then marks it as well.”
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