We are finally at the tail end of the circuit breaker, slightly less than a week before the island wide circuit breaker is lifted. What we really need to focus on is our well-being. There are some days where I am struggling, especially the times where I felt a wave of anxiety over me. I came across Yale University Professor Laurie Santos's lecture on The Science of Well Being, and picked up some really good habits that have increased my overall well being. I believe that they will help you too:
01 Showing Kindness
Did you know that studies have shown that showing kindness increases our overall mood even if the act is small or simple. The same $20 spent on other make us happier compared to spending the same $20 on ourselves. Take the time to send food or gifts to your friends and loved ones. And if you need some inspiration, check out our gifts under $20.
More importantly, show kindness to yourself. Be patient when things are not going smoothly. You are doing a good job. Give yourself some slack.
“Happiness consists more in conveniences of
pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of
good fortune that happen but seldom.”
- Benjamin Franklin -
It is very easy to reminiscent about the past before CB or to ponder about what the future holds, but it is important to focus on the now. Studies have shown that pondering about negative or even neutral situation decreases your mood. Meditation forces your brain to concentration on the present. Just 5 minutes of pausing, non doing, patience, does your mind good.
As I mentioned earlier, pondering on thoughts usually dampen your mood. But positive memories increases them. Look at photos and videos of good experiences! Take time to enjoy the little things in life. Savour that cup of coffee, or that home cooked meal. Write an entry in your gratitude journal to remember that there are still many things to be grateful for.
We hope these little key insights will help you even if it's just a little. If you know of someone who might need to read this, forward this blog post to them. Stay tune to next week for a few more insights.
As mentioned under "01 showing kindness", acts of kindness increase not only the recipient's mode but yours as well! For some inspiration, head to our website for some great value for money items for under $20 which you can check out!
We really want to bring a little more happiness in the world especially during this dark time. We are continuing with our free island wide delivery with no minimum spend till the end of the month. We hope that this will bring a little smile to your face.