I’ve spent most nights this week in meetings or in the library until 11 pm or so (party animal, I know), but last night after dinner with a friend, I headed back to my dorm around 8:30 for a change of scenery. Out of habit, I put my pajamas on right when I got back, even though I wasn’t planning on going to bed for at least 3 or 4 more hours, and I instantly felt happier and more relaxed. Putting my PJs on at the end of the day always makes me ridiculously happy and I started thinking about other really small things that make me happy, too.
Of course, there are some things that would make just about anyone happy (going on vacation! spending time with family/friends! being in a great relationship!) but I feel like there are some really small everyday things that bring me a disproportionate amount of joy. We all have our own versions of those, right?
(I might be an old soul) but mine are things like…
-Getting up early before the rest of the world is awake (which isn’t too hard to do on a college campus!)
-Putting my pajamas on at the end of the day
-Using super soft, fluffy towels & sheets
-Having long one-on-one talks with a friend
-Going on walks in the fall as the leaves change
-Closing 20+ open tabs on my laptop after finishing a research paper or studying for an exam
-Cooking for other people
-Finishing an especially fast run or a long run
-Seeing my dog go NUTS when I walk in the door
-Asking people questions to get to know them
-Having family dinners
-Waking up feeling rested
-Giving myself time to leisurely get ready in the morning instead of rushing around and hurrying to class
-Taking time to read a good book
-Figuring out a way to make a traditionally unhealthy dish a bit healthier without losing the deliciousness factor
-Wrapping up in a fluffy blanket, especially during the wintertime
-Eating a small bowl of ice cream after dinner- the more chocolate and mix-ins involved, the better.
I also think it’s really valuable to find joy in every situation, too, apart from the physical things you have, but that’s probably a topic for another post. I do think it’s really important to take care of yourself, so I’ve been doing my best recently to incorporate more of these easy, small things into my day-to-day life because they really do make me feel happier and more relaxed overall, which I know is great for both my physical and mental health.
What do you like to do often to take care of yourself? What small things bring you an inordinate amount of joy?
Buying fresh flowers? Watching a favorite TV show? I’d love to hear!