I watched a TED talk about happiness yesterday. I’ve already forgotten the guy’s name but here are the things he suggests doing every day for 21 days in order to be happy.
– Note three new things that made you happy. I already do this. Here is my list from yesterday: Feeding the cats treats, John making the same points I did, not getting caught in the rain. I have a document on my desktop and it just takes a few seconds to update it every day.
– Write about one of them. I do this, but not daily. I guess I could do this here, on my blog.
– Exercise. I do this every other day, but I have been meaning to up the ante.
– Meditate. I already do this.
– One random act of kindness per day, if only a nice email. I’m sorry to say that of all the things on the list, this is the one I do the most sporadically.
The guy said to do it for 21 days and I started yesterday. I will report back on June 5th and let you know how it worked.
Happy thing: For the past year I’ve had this ongoing Q&A with the director of my choir, and he made some points in his last set of answers that were the same as some points I had already made. It wasn’t that they were earth-shattering or brilliant points, it just feels good to notice the same things as another human being. It’s that—”Ohmygod, did you see that??” “Oh yeah. I saw that.”—feeling.
Pretty flowers on 11th Street. What are these?