Greetings all! I’d like to introduce a new feature to the blog.
What MMM is:
Mind-Melding Monday is tapping into collective knowledge from around the world to solve problems and come up with the best answers to all sorts of questions.
Each week I’ll pose a question or two on the blog for readers to respond to while I investigate on my own and seek expert input, whether it’s for research, curiosity, awareness, or conversation.
The following week will address the results and ask something new.
*This week being first, there are only questions to pose so I’ll go a bit more into detail there.
Mind-Melding Monday #1 — Happy Things
Many folks find benefit in creating a list of what makes them happy, what they’re grateful for, and what cheers them up when they need it.
I recommend it, as do many therapists.
From baby sloth pictures to great sex, there’s plenty out there that makes us smile.
- Getting (and giving) praise
- Going out with friends
- Cooking (and eating delicious food!)
- Favorite tv shows or movies
- Taking pictures
- Drinking a nice warm cup of coffee
- Making a list of things that make you happy.
A few things we do that make us FEEL BETTER, lower anxiety, and increase life satisfaction are less obvious and may require mental reframing.
- Taking a shower. I’m not advocating we drain the world of fresh water, but taking a shower gives your mind time to clear and being fresh and clean naturally makes us more confident. So, if it helps, take a shower sooner than you’d planned or add an extra minute to sing your lungs out.
- Living in a neat space. Yes, this means cleaning. I suggest taking before (during) and after pictures if you’ve got big projects. Find good upbeat music, set a timer and go. Learn all the tricks you can to make the time more efficient.
- Eating healthy food. This may be more work or less appealing than unhealthy alternatives but the “right” choice is as obvious as the difference in how you feel.
- Maintaining routines. Sounds boring, sure, but having routines and rituals helps free up thought clutter and effort in tasks, giving you more time for spontaneity.
Of course these vary from person to person. You may enjoy cleaning yet not care about staying organized or love eating healthy but don’t like cooking. (You don’t like cooking?)
This is why I ask.
Here are the questions:
Everyone’s an expert, and you’ve read this far so you may as well answer, right?
What are a few habits, hobbies, activities, or other things that always uplift you?
Which of these are essential to your daily happiness?
Thanks for reading, I look forward to your responses and our results!