How would you define “a good life”?
If you’re old enough, you might remember Tom and Barbara (from a U.K. TV show) who decided to give up extravagant living and go self-sufficient – much to the amusement (but most of all horror) of their posh neighbours Margo and Jerry.
Now I’m not saying in order to be happy, you need to give up the things you love; in fact quite the opposite. In various schools of thought, it’s actually the simplest pleasures that can bring us the most joy. It’s one of the reasons researchers can’t agree on a single definition of happiness – what makes one person happy, won’t be the same for someone else.
So in this context it can help us to step back and think about the small things that bring us a bit of sparkle.
This week, maybe set the intention to Notice the Spark. Take some time to think about the little things that bring you joy and then find some time to do them. It might be spending time with friends or family, going for a walk by the sea or doing some mindful colouring.
You might remember Marie Kondo explaining what it means when something “sparks joy”. You might use this as an opportunity to get rid of some old belongings and see how each one makes you feel. (You could even apply the same philosophy when in the company of others). You could also create a jar of activities of places to go and things to visit, that when you just think about going there you feel yourself light up.
Above all, make it a priority to think about what your good life could be. Who are you with? Where are you living? What work are you doing? Start small and see where it takes you.
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