When we think about what makes us happy, we’re sometimes inclined to think in terms of what should make us happy, instead of what actually does. Instead of taking on drastic changes, like moving to Italy or dyeing her hair blue, Rubin set her sights on smaller ways to achieve her goal of a happier life: going to bed earlier, walking more around the neighborhood, and singing in the morning.
Great and timely piece. Happiness is built on simple acts done often, that’s my takeaway.
It’s a lived in truth for me just lately. The highlights of my days are often the most simple things: taking walks with my mom. Visiting the Emus. Writing poetry. Watching old shows like they’re new.
I also make it a point to write down one thing in truly and concretely grateful for. No abstract thoughts or vague entries. If it’s a new ink pen or having hot green tea that I’m grateful for, I jot it down.
Again, thanks for the great piece!