A Better Base. . .
We can find an overwhelming amount of advice on how to be happy or how the have better days. The problem is that though the advice may good, without a base to start from we can quickly become overwhelmed or not start at all. Here are three tips to build a better base for which to begin.
Adopt enjoyable daily rituals. Build moments of enjoyment into your day with pleasurable rituals. These can be very simple things like lingering over a cup of coffee in the morning, taking a short stroll in the sunshine during your lunch hour, or playing with your pet when you get home. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you enjoy and appreciate it.
Minimize multi-tasking. Building a better base from which you can grow requires your full attention, which is impossible when you’re trying to do multiple things. For example, if you’re eating a delicious meal while distractedly surfing the Internet, you’re not going to get as much pleasure out of the food as you could have. Focus on one thing at a time in order to truly maximize your enjoyment.
Stop to smell the roses. It may be an old cliché, but it’s good advice. You’ll appreciate good things more if you stop whatever you’re doing for a moment to appreciate and luxuriate in them. It will enhance your pleasure, even if you can only spare a few seconds. And if you can share the moment with others, that’s even better. Shared pleasure is powerful.
A solid and generous foundation opens your eyes not only to the struggles of yourself but others also. In that moment we can see the base from which we all start.
Peace and Love, Jim