A Simple Trick to Coax More Joy from Your Day
You rearrange your beloved books, setting aside a few to donate.
You go for a run—that's your meditation time, and you want to try a marathon.
You wander a museum, stopping to ponder pieces that draw you in.
You peruse the farmers' market for your favorite family activity: cooking together.
If you pegged Option 3 as joyful, bravo! Satisfying activities may be pleasurable, but they have an agenda. Option 1, about organizing and donating, is productive and largely benefits others. The same is true of Option 4. In Option 2, running is goal-oriented rather than purely contemplative. To find out what brings you joy, ask yourself: Is this activity just for me? Does it yield external results or internal harmony? Whether it's taking nature walks or listening to music, Gundle says, make time to accomplish absolutely nothing.