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.
Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great day so far.
Since there was no question to address in last week’s post, I’ve already explained a little about keeping a “Happy Things” list, its benefits, and a few ideas of what habits and activities make us more satisfied with life–even if they don’t seem like it–before asking:
What are a few habits, hobbies, activities, or other things that always uplift you?
- Time with friends/conversation. It’s most important when you’ve got the least time.
- Pets – almost everyone who responded mentioned time with furry friends and science shows that having a pet increases mental health–for everyone.
- Sunlight / light boxes or glasses. (I’m trying these for insomnia.)
- Curling up with a book
- Good / favorite movies and shows
- Comedy – A funny performance, YouTube video, or Limerick quickly changes moods.
- Silence and solitude
- Spending time outside
- Animal watching
- Babies and baby animals, particularly puppies.
- Planning and scheduling tasks – being organized and prepared saves stress and time. Bullet journaling is everything for this.
- Coffee or tea
- Online courses and research – Loads are free! I like Coursera, but a Google search will amaze you.
- Slowing down to appreciate things (AKA “Savoring”)
- Music – Especially that one song. Doesn’t everyone have one or two?
- Candles and lava lamps (I like my Himalayan salt rock lamp because it has a dimmer and was really inexpensive.)
Did I mention dogs? Sooo many people said dogs!
Further research suggests adding these to your routine
This is where the work comes in for many people.
- Regular exercise – Everyone knows this is important. Not everyone finds enjoyable or bearable activities and sticks to them. Try new things, switch it up, take the stairs. Search YouTube for short workouts. This one’s only 5 minutes.
- Adequate sleep – Are you getting enough? Sleep recommendations by age.
- Helping others – Science proves it is better to give than to receive.
- Meditation – Just few minutes a day gives major results and you can do it anywhere!
- Keeping tidy – Clear space, clear mind. Messes are distracting and sometimes overwhelming. (After quite a long period of not being able to keep up with the house, I swear this is true.)
- Practicing gratitude – Think of or write down three things you’re thankful for each day for a week. I bet you’ll notice a difference.
- Creating and working toward goals – Forward motion is key! Not doing this can lead to depression.
A couple lists to look over:
Imagine or write your own.
Get personal, get silly, think of tiny things… think BIG!
Most importantly, compare your list to how you spend your time.
Reevaluate priorities and low quality or time-wasting activities, then take small steps toward balance.
The clock is ticking. Go do something you love.
Questions for next week:
We recycle all we can–and hope you do too—but are looking for more ways to minimize household output.
What are some unusual ways to reduce waste?
What do you reuse or repurpose?
Comments, messages, and links appreciated. Thanks for reading, I look forward to your responses and results!