A couple of weeks back I was talking to a pal. One wee nugget of our conversation was this simple rule to live by " try and do more of things you like, and less of the things you don't like. " Sounds simple, but really , in essence, it's a fairly good motto for living a happier life.
Of course it's not that easy. Yet there are ways to nudge the happiness-o-meter towards the positive even when the day seems mundane and set in stone. Wee things. Treat yourself. Go for a walk. Have a glass of wine. Phone a friend. Go see a film. Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks gave similarly sage advice to the local sheriff:
Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it; don't wait for it; just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black, coffee.
Do something you do like more. So, at my Wednesday school close to the clyde, I make an effort to go for some fresh air and a riverside walk at lunchtime. It doesn't revolutionise my mood for the afternoon, but what it does do is prod that happiness-o-meter needle a few notches to the positive. Damn Fine !
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