My friend phoned me the other day, as usual and as always, it was a laughter riot from start to finish for about an hour. Naturally we discussed the weather, and talked about how our long hair never has a chance to be dry – it is always wet with sweat – the only difference being clean sweat and smelly sweat. Clean, when we’ve just washed our hair and…oh, imagine the rest. Of course we wash our hair every day, if only to feel the coolness of the water. But again, that’s something we have to do before 9 am because the water in the tank becomes very very hot and we end up sterilizing ourselves every time we open the tap. Nice to do the washing up – but even that can be a little too much if we do it around 2 pm. The water starts cooling only around 5 or 6 pm depending on how hot the day was.
Happiness does not cost much when you take it up as a D.I.Y. project.
And that’s the truth. Here are some ten-minute ways that work for me, when I feel a bit low. I set the timer at ten minutes and choose things that keep me away from the computer screen:
- Quickly make a list of all that things that make me happy. Good things in my life. My gratitude list. I swear, by the time the ten minutes are up, my mood has escalated.
- Pull out a few old photo albums and enjoy looking at them. I have hundreds of digital albums – but the problem with that is the time limit. I can never stick to ten minutes with those. With the physical albums, though, it is easier. Moreover I am yet to scan all my physical albums. This one is guaranteed to lift my spirits.
- Take a sheet of paper and write a letter to myself/my friend/my Mom
- Write a short story, 55 fiction or haiku. This one works for me and sends my mind on overdrive
- Organize a shelf that I’ve been putting off for some time.
- Take three empty boxes
- On a sheet of paper, make a list of things you have been putting off for want of time. Just free your mind. Who knows, this could become your goals list.
- The list must have fun things that you enjoy, help you relax and leave you feeling happier
- Against each item on the list, jot down the time you need to do it
- Take another sheet of paper and divide it into small sized notes
- On each note, write down one item from your to-do list with the time
- In one box, put all the notes with activities that take less than an hour
- In the second box, put notes with activities that take more than an hour
- Label the boxes accordingly
- Each time you finish an activity, put the note in the third box and label it “Mission Accomplished”
I also love the idea of using jars. I once used them for saving money. I know, money does not necessarily give us happiness, but for me it certainly helps. Here is the way it works:
1- think about what you’d like to save for. Things you are excited about – no “must do’s” here! This could be a holiday, a course, or getting your website up and running.
2- make a label for each “saving project” and stick each label on a jar
3- place the jars where you can easily see them
4- each time you pass you’ll feel compelled to contribute to your jars. Maybe you can do without the cappuchino on the corner shop today, or skip the cinema and invite a few friends to watch some YouTube videos… be creative!
Isn’t that a great idea? Thank you, Marien!