MMMM: anticipation

MMMM: Mindfulness, Meditation and Mental health May- is a month of quotes, books and (sometimes unexpected) resources to reflect on, to help have a happier, more mindful life.

Regular book reviews will continue on Fridays.

Quote of the Day

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. — A.A. Milne


Resource/Idea of the day:

Following on to yesterdays thoughts about needing excitement in my life, I found the above quote from Winnie the Pooh and was reminded of an article I read about some research regarding the anticipation of a holiday actually making a person more happy than the holiday itself.It turns out that people area happier in the lead up to a holiday than people who don’t have a holiday coming up. After the holiday happiness levels are the same as people who haven’t had a holiday, unless it was a very relaxing holiday, in which case they may be a little happier for usually around 2 weeks, and at a maximum 8 weeks.

I can’t find the exact one I was thinking of, but the idea has taken hold and has been incorporated into many people Happiness programs and explorations.

Here is a press release, and here a webpage by Gretchen Rubin about the idea. Gretchen is the author of the Happiness Project, a book based on her year of exploration of how to be happy, which spent two years on the New York Times best-seller list.


Questions of the Day:

What do you look forward to?

If it is not much, what things would you love to have in your future, and what can you schedule in soon?

(For example I would love to meet my favourite actors/singers, but things I can schedule include my minitrip interstate to see a special art exhibit, a day in nature with no obligations, a murder mystery party with friends…)



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