Saturday, August 19, 2006

Happiness Experiment - the conclusion

So that's a good month of recording 3 things that made me happy each day. What have I learnt?

In tune with the title of this blog (and the Ian Dury song that inspired it - see Simple Pleasures [part 1], most of what makes us happy is simple and easily attainable. From a sunset to a good book to your family and home, it mostly doesn't depend on money.

There is the odd day when it's hard to come up with three but that rarely lasts beyond a couple of days and coming up with none never happened.

It's illuminating to look at the recurrent themes - there aren't really that many in total - from play to physical pleasure, from food to family life - all well within our reach.

The day-to-day challenge is keeping that perspective.

So where to from here? That's for the next post...

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