When people move to a new country, as I did in 2013, there’s usually some food or drink from home which they miss.
In my case it was Horlicks (the malted milk drink) so when my brother Geoff arrived here last week he smuggled a couple of jars in his suitcase.
However there was another UK staple that turned out to be unexpectedly available in the US – Weetabix (if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a wheat breakfast cereal which comes in the form of rectangular biscuits).
Lucky days. I was happily surprised to find it on the supermarket shelves here.
Actually, mentioning it gives me a good excuse to remind us both of the value of having things to look forward to, even if they’re modest and seemingly insignificant.
If you prefer your Weetabix a bit soggy and milk-soaked, as I do, how about getting your breakfast ready before you head for the bathroom in the morning?
It’s a tiny ritual I perform most days, and even though it sounds slightly preposterous, while I’m in the shower I genuinely look forward to sitting down to eat my Weetabix.
I think it’s always helpful to look forward to things, because doing so is likely to make a real contribution to your overall happiness and well-being.
But while it’s great to have a sense of keen anticipation about big stuff, you can also help yourself by setting up smaller opportunities.
So if there’s something you usually do quite routinely most days, and which you generally enjoy, why not prepare it a little in advance, turning it into a small upcoming treat?
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