Yesterday, I was reading this article, written by Google’s former happiness guru, and it served as such an important reminder that life truly is about the little things in life. I know that statement might seem a little cliche, but then why is it so easy to forget? Especially in todays society when it’s never been easier to compare your life/your looks/your success/your social calendar to someone else’s. Even when, what you see through an edited filter, is not entirely accurate.
Social media is a blessing, but I think we could all agree that it’s equally a curse. A thing many of you reminded me with your comments in this post. God knows, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and hours later, I’m looking at Mary’s sister, Sarah, who is vacationing in Capri. Who is Mary? Who is Sarah? Not a damn clue, but here I am, wishing I, too, was vacationing in Capri.
The above linked article (thanks to Cup of Jo for sharing it) speaks about “the thin slices of joy.” I read it and thought “YES! this serves as a much needed reminder.” Generally speaking, I’m a happy person. I’ve never suffered from real depression (except one postpartum period, which I plan to share in the upcoming weeks) and I try my hardest to be “half glass full..” but at the same time, it’s so easy to live day-by-day and not really appreciate the little things that bring us pure joy. So in the spirit of trying to work on this mental exercise, I wanted to share some little things that bring me slices of joy.
*My family. This goes without saying but I thank my my lucky stars for them.
*Obviously, everything surrounding Nate and being a first time mom. Sure, it’s a roller coaster of emotions and balance, but it’s one of my greatest joys in life.
*I know that coffee, wine and chocolate was mentioned in my guilty pleasures post, but all three bring me such happiness. In general, that morning cup of coffee gives me life on so many different levels.
*Having things to look forward to is key for my mental happiness. Whether it’s date night with Keith or going out with my girlfriends, or a one-on-one brunch with a close friend. I love knowing these amazing events are in my near future.
*A fresh manicure or pedicure. It makes me feel so much more put together and prettier.
*A clean house.
*When my skin looks good. One thing I’ve noticed about myself, when my skin doesn’t look good, it severely affects my mood. Does this sound vain? Probably, but it’s the truth.
*Getting a good workout in. So hard to start, but I often have to remind myself “just remember how amazing you’ll feel after.”
*Saturday Morning. Especially that feeling of waking up early and knowing the entire weekend is ahead of you.
*Finding a perfect pair of jeans. For every pair that I fall in love with, I tried on 25 pairs before that.
*Almond butter, avocados and bananas. Seriously cannot live without them.
*Crossing something off my to-do list. I’ve actually written completed tasks on my to-do list, just so I can cross them off.
*NYC during the summer holidays. Everyone leaves and the city feels like your own personal oasis.
*A day or night to myself. As much as I love being around those I love, I equally love time to myself. Walking around the city by myself, lunch at the bar of some restaurant or spending a night in, getting to do or watch whatever I want.
*Relaxing on the couch with Keith, glass of red wine in hand and watching good TV. We started watching Game of Thrones for the first time and are currently on season 2!
*The first signs of spring, especially after a dreary winter.
*Fall and everything about it.