Apparently you only have 15 perfect days a year.
That’s the result of a survey of two thousand American adults commissioned by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. (Did you even know that council existed? Me neither. And I’m not sure why a blueberry association needed to study that, but, whatever, it gave me a great blog topic.)
The fine blueberry folks discovered that the average person wants their perfect day to start at 8:15 A.M. with a forecast of sunny and 74 degrees. They would spend three hours outside, four hours with family, and three hours with friends. Then they would sit on the couch and watch TV for three hours before heading to bed at 10:50 P.M.
Now before you start thinking that only having 15 perfect days makes for a miserable rest of the year, rest assured that people reported also having 204 good days. So what would it take to boost a day from bad to good or good to perfect?
According to the survey, the top three joy-givers were:
Finding money in a pocket (58%)
Sleeping in without waking up to an alarm (55%)
Lying in bed listening to the rain (51%)
Also near the top of the list were being on the receiving end of a small act of kindness (49%) and performing a small act of kindness for someone else (47%).
Here’s what I’m thinking. People who believe in Jesus have an awesome opportunity to use the results from the survey to obey Jesus when he says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34,35).
By consistently loving other people, you not only improve your day, but you also show them just how much you love Jesus. (As a bonus, that cheers you up too!) Then, when they ask you why you’re being so kind, you have the perfect opportunity to talk about what Jesus has done for you—and how, thanks to him, there’s a place called heaven, where every single day will be perfect.
I’d love to hear how others have cheered you up and what ways you’ve lifted others up. (And let me know if blueberries were involved.)
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who thinks her idea of a perfect day would be “April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.”
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