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: