It's been a hectic week, and an off month due to some personal stuff (if you need to know, you probably already do). So what I'm going to do here is an exercise that was recommended by Trent at The Simple Dollar.
Just try this little experiment tomorrow.From the very start of the day, keep a little notepad with you and jot down everything that makes you feel genuinely happy inside. Don’t worry about whether it’s something big or something small - if you feel a twinge of happiness, jot it down.Then, a day or two later, do it again. Make four or five little lists of the things that made you feel happiness during a given day - the things that made you feel good.By now, you’ll have a few nice little lists. Go through them and eliminate any good feelings that make you feel bad when you look back on them, like silly frivolous purchases that were a rush when you made them but now feel like a waste to you.The items remaining are a collection of the good things in your life. These are the things that bring you joy on a regular basis and provide the fuel for you to keep going.
So instead of a normal anecdote, I'm going to make this page an ongoing exercise. I'll update you from time to time. In return, what makes you happy? (Let's all keep it PG, please.)
- Dancing with Chris to a really good song
- Famous Dave's smoked salmon spread
- Realizing I have 5 more minutes left of break time than I planned for
- Positive feedback for my team newsletter at work
- Dreams that can be made into actual stories.
- Waking up and feeling well-rested.
- Hearing a song so obscure I forgot it existed on the real, actual radio, and remembering how much I like it.
- Being held at the end of a long day
- Getting a hole-in-one in mini-golf
- Good hymns, sung properly
- Receiving validation from an authority figure I respect (I know it shouldn't, but there you are)
- Getting lots of varied friends together and seeing them all get along
- Devising a solid contingency plan to address an issue that worries me
- John Harvard's lobster bisque
- Soldiers coming home and being greeted by their dogs
- The "Where the Hell is Matt?" videos
- This video: songs that use the same four chords.
- Getting the Christmas tree set up
- When everyone likes my baked brie