Tiny interactions

One thing I’ve done a lot less of in the past 8 years of working from home is interact with strangers and acquaintances out in the physical world. In previous jobs, I’d pass people in parking lots or hallways, I’d run errands on the way to and from work, I’d talk, with my voice instead … Continue reading Tiny interactions

Bundle for happiness

I considered titling this “Bundle to make things suck less.” It’s a more honest title. I ultimately flipped it, though, to put emphasis on the positive, since that’s the goal with bundling: to have a good experience with something you don’t want to do. I run for exercise. It’s efficient, effective, and super low maintenance. … Continue reading Bundle for happiness

Awe and wonder

Wonder is one of my favorite states of being. Or is it a feeling? Brené Brown includes wonder in her lexicon of what she calls emotions and experiences in her book Atlas of the Heart. In the section on emotions and experiences about things that are beyond us, she includes both wonder and awe. She … Continue reading Awe and wonder

Happiness ensues

Since the pandemic began, I’ve focused a lot on the pursuit of happiness. I wanted to keep my spirits up. I took the free Science of Well-Being course through Coursera, I listened to happiness podcasts, I kept a wellness journal where I recorded things I was grateful for, exercise, meditation, beauty and excellence I appreciated, … Continue reading Happiness ensues