That’s a difficult question to answer isn’t it?
Sometimes I will be in the middle of doing something, something really simple like reading a good book and drinking a cup of tea, and I will be overcome with contentment and will think to myself ‘this, this is it. Remember this for when you are next feeling sad.’
Quite often I will make a physical list of things that I know I enjoy doing to refer back to as required.
And then I will have a moment where I feel really sad and I will look at the list with scorn, wondering how I could have ever been so shallow as to find comfort in tea. ‘Pah!’ I will say to myself, ‘What was I thinking? I am way too sad to be cheered with an episode of Friends. This is it now for ever, I will never be happy again.’
Of course I am happy again though, and often within minutes of feeling like there is no point even bothering to get up because the human race is so doomed to fail, and it really is the little things on my list that can make all of the difference, especially at the times when you feel like they won’t.
Here are a few of the things I have done this morning, several not necessarily because I wanted to, but because I knew I should:
- I got up. Great start! It seems a bit obvious, but this can sometimes be the hardest one.
- I had a shower. More excellent work.
- I tamed my professorial eyebrows and put on some make-up. It’s an instant self-esteem boost knowing your nose is looking a little less shiny than normal.
- I dropped a litre of chocolate soy milk on the floor just as I was leaving for work. This did NOT make me happy but I am included it here as an example of the sort of thing NOT to do.
- I thought a lot about buying this turtle from the bear shop near my office. £35 is more than I have ever spent on a turtle before though so I haven’t bought it yet. Anticipation is half the fun after all.
- I bought a loaf of bread and took the entire thing to work. Then I took a picture of it for Twitter:
So what makes you happy? What’s on your list?