I've been working on some new happiness commandments for 2017. I'm not set on them yet, but I did come up with some things that make me happier when I can do them.
Build your village.
Just add music.
Work hard to make a connection.
Move your body.
Do your best, and be done with it.
Indulge your senses.
Learn something new.
Reflect. But don't ruminate.
What would you add? What "commandments" do you try to live by that make you happier?
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
|The day of our engagement! On top of Stone Mountain.|
I try to remember to "anticipate fun," because looking forward to fun times makes me happier! And I'm not the only one who gets extra happiness from anticipating fun. The authors of this article in the journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life found that vacationers get a strong happiness boost before vacations, and have much higher levels of happiness than non-vacationers when looking forward to a vacation. (After vacations, not so much!)
I try to let Flannery know our future plans, so she can benefit from anticipating our fun trips, too. Today on our morning commute, I talked to her about our upcoming Snow Mountain trip, and what we might do there--getting cocoa, building a snowman, sledding/tubing, perhaps riding the train around the mountain. It really does make me happy to think ahead about the good times we're planning as a family. We also have a quick weekend camping trip planned in a few months, and a beach trip we're planning for the summer, and just thinking about those getaways puts me in an instant good mood.
So, what fun time are you anticipating? If you don't have a fun trip or vacation planned yet, is there a quick weekend trip you could start planning? Do it! Just be sure to plan it far enough in advance to soak up the anticipatory happiness!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
|My new favorite nail color -- Rosy Future. Nice and natural but shiny.|
Then, I went to yoga with a friend, and we ran into another friend at the gym and ended up taking a nice long walk after the yoga class. Again, unhurried--so nice!
Then, I came home and had lunch, painted my nails and the girls' (love this new color!), and made myself some hot tea (Cinnamon Chai, yum). And now I have a few hours of endless options before Flanna has her Valentine's Dance for school. Should I read a book? Check Facebook? Take a nap? (Sleeping is my hobby! That option sounds the best!)
As much as I love doing fun things and being with friends and family, sometimes it can be exhausting to go, go, go every weekend. Being unhurried this morning has been refreshing! Which makes me think that perhaps I should try harder to be unhurried more often in my normal routine. I could plan in a little margin of error in our morning commute, maybe. I could more consistently make lunches at night, when there is no time pressure, rather than in the mornings when we are on a tight schedule. I could plan my meals for the week ahead of time and be sure I have everything I need for each one, so I don't have to stop by the grocery store for any missing ingredients on the way home from work and school. I could give myself a wide window between activities and appointments. That way, when my daughter remembers that her jacket is all the way upstairs at the exact moment that we should be walking out the door for something, I can respond calmly, because I have planned ahead to be unhurried. I'm definitely less snappish when I don't have to hurry. And being non-snappish definitely makes me happier!
Do you feel this way, too? That you're always hurrying and need to step back from that? How can you try to be less hurried this week?
|Getting ready for her Valentine's Dance today|