September 2011

Recognizing the Simple Pleasures

Sometimes, I think that I focus too much on the big things that I expect to make me happy. I want to get into a good grad school. I want to travel the world. I want to make enough money so that I don’t have to eat ramen noodles and/or feed them to my children.

But I know that this type of in-the-future happiness doesn’t let me live in the present. I miss the things that I could be focusing on now—the little things like my roommate finishing the dishes or my favorite author’s new book on bookstore shelves. Living for the future puts us in a mindset that only lets us strive for happiness, rather than to achieve it. I know because I lived—and often still live—my life this way.

So I’ve decided to make a list of simple pleasures. These are the things that will always be there, no matter the decisions that I make or the curves that life throws at me. Consistency, sometimes, can mean happiness:

Self Help in Three Minutes or Less!

Sometimes when you think about the sad state of affairs of your love life, your apartment, your brain, your musical knowledge, your cooking abilities and your reading skills, you want to do nothing more than lay on your couch and watch old reruns of Bob Ross and doze your life away. Self-improvement plans are way too hard and take too much effort. What you need is a quick activity that will get you off the couch and feeling way better about yourself with a minimum amount of effort. That’s the ticket! Lessen the dent from your sorry body on your poor couch by trying out these three minute ideas for self-improvement: