Something that I’ve long found that consistently increases satisfaction in life is to have something waiting for you every day that you’ve been looking forward to. I have a few ways of doing this.
The first is merely to focus on the pleasure in some of life’s smaller, frequent tasks: seek contentment in folding laundry while you watch an old movie, listen to a certain radio show during a regular commute, watch for changes in moon phases or sunrise times during that commute, or have a favorite snack you indulge in each night, for example.
The second is closely related, and something that I also do to be more effective at work: put lots of routines in place. Set a schedule for working out on Saturday mornings, browsing your favorite blogs or web sites two or three nights a week, grilling burgers in the backyard while the kids run around every Wednesday evening, or getting up just a few minutes earlier to pray or do a puzzle or enjoy a bigger breakfast. Putting these things into your daily routines will also help take the edge off of those less savory events in life that aren’t always negotiable: work, confrontations, obligatory activities, etc.
Finally, let some standard financial advice help out your general happiness in life: diversify. Continue reading