A simple life is a good life.
Here are some simple activities that are at the heart of healthy living:
- sitting on your couch and reading a good book
- watching a good movie or a comedy show
- walking or cycling along the shoreline
- watching the sunset at the beach or the local park
- decorating your home and enjoying the comfortable atmosphere that you designed
- painting a beautiful nature scene
- listening to music that you love
- cooking a simple meal
- savouring every delicious bite of your meal
- visiting the museums
- laughing out loud at super funny jokes with a friend
- being close to the heart of nature
- writing a blog post using point form instead of full sentences!
These simple routines generate your contentment and gratitude.
Having a mansion, very expensive things, or other luxuries, only create an illusion of happiness. Often such things actually create more stress for us. The more “things” we have, the more time we have to spend looking after our things, instead of looking after our selves, our minds, or our relationships. I think there is a healthy way to have a relationship with “things”: first, do not allow an object to have a greater importance in your life than a relationship with a person. Second, do not allow your things to define your identity. Third, focus on a small number of high-quality things that will last a long time, rather than a large number of low-quality things that will have to be thrown out or replaced in a few months. Fourth, remember that giving things away is a far greater source of joy than getting more things for yourself.
At the end of the day, the simple joys in life are the things that take up the most room in your heart; they are the things that make you feel grounded and happy.
I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds. (Jack Kerouac)
Affirmation: I enrich my life when I embrace the simplicity of life.