An extra hour a day

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  1. I love this and can so relate. I’ve been reflecting lately on my energy level, and how different it is when I do things I love with my time outside of work (paint, write, go for bike rides, cook) vs. scroll IG or binge watch TV. There’s a time and a place, but it’s interesting to me to feel how certain things that are meant to be relaxing are actually draining. Whereas activities that fill the soul are rejuvenating and replenishing.

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    1. Exactly! I’ve heard the two distinguished as passive leisure and active or engaged leisure, with engaged leisure being the more fulfilling and happiness-inducing option. We may think we want to veg out and binge Netflix or scroll on our phones, but when we do that, we often feel sluggish and dopey afterwards, whereas if we go for a walk or do some other activity that aligns with what we care about, we end up feeling refreshed.

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  2. I love this post!

    The extra hour thing reminds me of the idea from Tim Ferriss’s Four Hour Workweek, where many people say “if only I was rich, I could do x.” He challenges you to actually identify and write down what those things are for you. Then, you see that they are actually achievable, even if you’re not rich.

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    1. Oh interesting! Yes, that definitely sounds the same. It’s weird how we trick ourselves and make excuses to not do the things we want to do, even when we have the means to do them. It’s so bizarre to me! The intro to Laurie Santos’s The Happiness Lab podcast even says something about how our minds trick us about what we think will make us happy, but I still don’t understand why.


  3. I find that anymore, I’m not really lacking the time but the energy. I have a few hours each day that I have difficulty filling just because I’m completely wrung out after a combination of chores and work. I think I have trouble pacing myself instead of giving my full intensity to everything all of the time. Surprising – I know :p

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