Mo Gawdat in his book Solve For Happy talks about keeping your own happiness list and referring to it when you are feeling down.
I don’t usually feel down as such but this morning after dropping the girls off at school, I felt a little bit fed up about the decisions I’m struggling to make around the house and so I turned to my ‘I feel happy when…’ list and picked the entry… ‘I feel happy when I’m listening to my feel good songs playlist on my phone’. After shuffling the songs on the playlist, the following ones gave me an instant injection of happiness.
- Canon in D Major – Peaceful piano piece by Johann Pachelbel
- Can’t take my eyes off you – Frankie Valli
- Just You and I – Tom Walker
- Just the way you are – Billy Joel
- L.o.v.e. – Nat King Cole
The rest of the day went ok until it was time to cook dinner and then I felt fed up again as all I’d done all day is work and the first thing I was faced with was cooking. Back to my happy list, I chose the following pick me ups:
- I called my mum for a chat whilst I cooked
- I put on another playlist. The first song was Bruno Mars – Just the way you are, and the second was Never let her slip away by Andrew Gold.
I felt happy again. The happiness list really is working for me.
A plan for the charity bags
I forgot to mention how excited I am that my local Sue Ryder charity shop has agreed to take 10 of my donation bags on 24th September. I didn’t even know that they were open. This is really good news as it will free up an area of my garage that’s filled with bags. I will probably have more like 20 bags by then but this is a great start.
It’s also bin day tomorrow so I went around the house emptying bins and looking for any stray items in the house, garden and garage that I could fill the black bin with. It wasn’t difficult.
Relaxing choices for this evening… Sister Act 2 film followed by a bubble bath.