January 06, 2020
  • Take more time for yourself. Choosing to spend time alone can benefit your social relationships, improve your creativity and confidence, and help you regulate your emotions.
  • Take time to do nothing at all. The madness of busyness is tempered by idleness which, ironically, can fuel productivity.
  • Cultivate more casual, low-stakes friendships. “Weak ties” – parents in the drop-off line at school, your favorite bartender, other dog owners at the park – contribute to your sense of belonging to a community.
  • Learn to enjoy things when they’re good.  Worrying about when “the other shoe will drop” will only steal your current joy.
  • Lean into your ‘guilty’ pleasures. Taking a mental break and enjoying something that doesn’t require intense intellectual focus gets you out of problem-solving mode.
  • Learn to accept a compliment – even if it’s from yourself. The psychological impact of keeping a positive view of your accomplishments can decrease stress and encourage better habits.
  • Embrace the unexpected joy of repeat experiences. Research has shown that you’re far more likely to enjoy something the second time around than you think.
  • Turn your regrets into self-improvement. Researchers have found that when people find a silver lining in their regrets, they are able to see more clearly.

 

SOURCE: “Smarter Living,” nytimes.com, 12/23/19