It’s February – the month when resolutions start to slide. But you don’t have to let your motivation wane! In fact, so much of how we measure our lives, happiness, and success depends on our PERSPECTIVE. With that in mind, I want to share a video I find myself going back to with some regularity and two blog posts I’ve found to be helpful.
This is Water
First, this video. It’s a great reminder that we get to choose how we see the world and what has meaning and what doesn’t. This video is narrated by David Foster Wallace, using an excerpt from his 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class of Kenyon College.
Yale’s Most Popular Course
Kristi Andrus wrote a blog post where she says: “I just finished Yale’s most popular course in history, The Science of Well-Being. It was fantastic for so many reasons…It made me appreciate and honor that I instinctively prioritize and expand happiness in my life and I’d like to teach you how to do it too. So I broke it down into 10 (not easy but invaluable) steps and they are my gift to you.”
Her steps about knowing who you are, letting things go, and picking your people might just help you find more happiness in your daily life.
The Value of Trying New Things
I’ve mentioned Jedidah Jenkins on the blog before (here and here). It was Jedidiah who I first heard say, “Routine is the enemy of time,” which I wrote about here. It was such a clear and succinct way to articulate what I’d felt. And Mr. Money Mustache recently published a blog post with some science to back it up!
Quoting an article from The New Yorker (which MMM read as he was learning more on the concept): “The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass. ‘This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,’ Eagleman said—why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing.”
Mr. Money Mustache suggests that “to put this philosophy into practice immediately, all you need to do is start throwing some changes into your daily routine” and offers a list of suggestions for how to do so. “All of these things will shake up your life for the better, and they will restart the flow of new memories, waking your brain back up and extending your time of really being alive.”
As James Clear talks about in Atomic Habits, you don’t need to make huge changes all at once – in fact, you probably shouldn’t if you want them to stick! Rather, small changes in our awareness, perspective, and routine can start to make big differences in our overall happiness!