“The other day someone asked me why I was banging my head against a brick wall, so I said ‘It’s nice when it stops.'”
This didn’t really happen of course and, what’s more, a corny joke like this is hardly going to get me a gig as a stand-up.
It does, though, serve to illustrate the absurdity of undertaking an unpleasant activity simply because you’ll enjoy the relief once you’ve stopped.
And it’s also a perfect reminder of the sense of simply doing stuff which makes you feel happy.
It’s not complicated, is it?
But I wonder how often you remember this very straightforward idea? If you know what makes you feel happy and you’re failing to do it,, is it any wonder that you’re feeling worse than you might?
If this comes across as preachy, it’s really not meant that way.
In fact I can be more guilty than most of not remembering to accomplish those simple things I know could make me happy: this post ought to serve as a reminder to us both, therefore.
Here’s my suggestion.
Why don’t we both make a list of simple things that boost our mood?
You know, a proper list, written down.
Then we’ll need to work out ways of making them happen.
For example, two rather random thoughts that come to my own mind are (a) stroking someone’s dog always feels good, and (b) I love sitting down to draw something (and haven’t done this for years).
How will I make these happen?
Well I’ll certainly be on the look out for friendly-appearing mutts.
And one lunchtime I’ll sit outside with a sketchpad.
So, what will you do?
When will you do it?
Please feel free to add your list to the comments section.