One way to practice happiness is to make small changes in your routine. I’ve found that looking at something in a new light can generate appreciation you didn’t realize you had before.
This seems to be the case with travel, where a change in location can trigger you to slow down and appreciate the little nuances of life in a way that you wouldn’t normally stop to appreciate when walking down your street at home.
The same thing can happen with children when they see a toy in a new context — they go from not interested in it to completely obsessed with it, just by virtue of having seen the toy somewhere new. I’ve found my kids will even want to check books out of the library that we already own at home. Perhaps seeing the books in a new place reminds them of how much they enjoyed the books, in a way that seeing them on the bookshelf in their room simply does not trigger.
What are some changes in routine that you can make to put your day in a new light? It depends on what’s normal for you, but here are a few ideas to consider:
- Take a new path to work
- Walk somewhere you normally wouldn’t
- Play some music you don’t normally listen to
- Don’t listen to music when you normally would
- Try a new food
- Drink water instead of your normal beverage
- Meditate for 1 minute during a busy part of the day
Whatever your routine may be, try to disrupt it just a bit.