The website Sweatpants & Coffee posts some great stuff that resonates with me – I posted part one of 44 Ways to Cultivate Happiness here, and a couple of days ago they came out with the second part of that list which can be found here. I love these articles and found myself nodding my head at several of the ideas listed.
A few of my favorites are:
#28 Find your Fun. This is one that I often have to remind myself to do. It seems odd that I have to plan on having fun, but if I don’t, I end up cranky and out of sorts and it takes several minutes of contemplation to figure out “oh! No wonder I feel so stabby, I haven’t had done anything fun lately!” It doesn’t have to be anything grand either, it can be watching a funny movie on a Friday night at home, or talking to a friend who makes me laugh, or scoring some deals at a thrift store.
#36 Say what you need to say. Nothing is more of a joy-killer than seething resentment. I lived like this for a long time and it was no bueno. There are ways to express your needs that don’t invite conflict – avoiding conflict is one of the reasons I didn’t want to speak up, but peace at any cost is no way to live. Also it’s not good for your health to keep things bottled up.
#37 Rest. In our current culture where Busy is King, we (I) often feel guilty if I’m not doing something productive, but we (I) need downtime. According to the article, being bored leads to creativity and inspiration. For example, my 14 year old decided yesterday to design a very cool swimming pool complete with swim up snack bar and a hidden cave with a water fall. When I asked her how she came up with this she shrugged and said “I got bored.” Go get bored and see what creative ideas you can come up with.
#38 Take a nap. Why do we not, as a culture, take a nap everyday after lunch? Other countries do this, don’t they? Can you imagine how much better we would all get along if we all had to shut down between 1 and 2:00 every day to take a nap??? One of my very good friends took the 3rd row seats out of her SUV, put in a big fluffy comforter and pillows and every day at lunch she would go out to her car and nap for 55 minutes, then eat lunch at her desk afterward. I always thought this was the most genius thing ever.
Anything on this second half of the list resonate with you?
Don’t forget, you can still join our Very Best Self Experiment – jump in any time! Maybe something on this list is a habit you could work on for the month of July.
For my US readers, Happy 4th of July tomorrow! And for those of us who have to work on Friday – I feel your pain. Womp Womp.