Woah.

I need to stop raving about this..

When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

I can’t even.

Just..

Powerful/Going to have to frame this.

A lesson: Making people happy

How do you expect to make others happy when you yourself aren’t?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for being kind, considerate and selfless in life but sometimes I find myself thinking about others before myself which, if I’m honest, makes me, I wouldn’t say unhappy or anything but “low-spirited” I guess. What I’m saying is, don’t do something for someone if it sacrifices your own happiness. Especially if someone can see you’re not happy, what you’re doing won’t make them any happier.

You have to sort yourself out first before you can make others happy.

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(Expect to see more of these cute lil’ drawings in my posts 😀 For more, check out http://chibird.com/)

1000 Awesome Things #2

Yay more things we like.

42. Recognising similarities you have with the person you’re talking to

43. Banana perfection

44. Watching people help other people

45. Getting mail

46. Unexpectedly long conversations

47. Being inside when it’s chucking down with rain/the wind’s whistling outside

48. Really good ordering on your part when you eat out

49. The smell of baking bread

50. Leftovers for lunch

51. People genuinely complimenting you on something you weren’t sure about

52. Being fully prepared for the rain

53. Not needing to fill silences

54. The build up to Christmas

55. When it’s time to turn the clocks back again

56. Genuine waiters who aren’t just being friendly because they’re paid for it

57. Ranting to people who want to listen

58. Well-dressed people

59. Those 2 or 3 houses that get really into Christmas

60. Being around people who know you

61. Left-handed people

62. Not needing to explain yourself because they won’t be judging you

63. Describing something with anything other than words and them knowing exactly what you meant

64. A good playlist

65. Noticing your cold has gone

66. Unexpectedly receiving a postcard

67. Remembering why you’re such good friends with someone in the middle of a catch-up

68. Perfectly cooking the runny yolk

69. That brief window where you actually like the length of your hair

70. When people don’t compliment you immediately after complimenting someone in your presence because they feel like they have to

71. Biscuits with tea

72. When your past self had your future self’s back

73. Taking off your socks at the end of the day

74. Bumping into someone you actually like

75. The day it’s warm enough that you don’t need a coat when you go outside

76.  People starting a conversation with you

77. Things that are in walking distance

78. Reliable umbrellas

79. Witnessing someone’s good deed of the day

1000 Awesome Things

A while ago, my sister sent me a link to this blog listing 1000 awesome things.. things that were so everyday but so great at the same time. Because almost all of them you could relate to. Something you wouldn’t think to express out loud, nevertheless being something you definitely thought at some point or another in your everyday life. The posts just made me smile, and still do. I’d go through the list reading one every day and then I started to make my own. So I began noting down little things that I enjoyed – a good way to stay positive long-term, I thought. A way to remember the small things. The small things that make you feel good. It’s kind of satisfying… others sharing the exact same feeling as you. Even if it’s something as small as Getting something with actual handwriting on it in the mail or Roasting the perfect marshmallow. I also particularly liked his #917 The moment at a concert after the lights go out and before the band comes on stage.

So yeah – here’s one of probably a few posts dedicated to the things I think are awesome. I am in no way as articulate as Neil Pasricha so won’t ruin the essence of whatever it is I’m trying to say by attempting to describe it in my own words. Plus I like to think these are all things that don’t need to be explained. That’s the beauty of them. I hope you enjoy reading through my provisional list of 41 Awesome Things as much as I did with Neil’s:

  1. The smell of the bathroom after it’s just been cleaned
  2. Coming out of the shower and putting on pyjamas that have been on the radiator
  3. Ice cream melting on a pancake
  4. Getting matching cutlery from the drawer
  5. Guessing what’s for dinner right as you walk through the door
  6. Legal naps in the middle of the day
  7. Getting a really good present for someone and them liking it
  8. Beating eggs into the butter and sugar when you’re making cake
  9. Something that was bugging you being solved after letting it go, even though you really hadn’t
  10. Waking up thinking it’s a weekday when it’s Saturday
  11. Really good actors
  12. Understanding a reference in a TV programme
  13. Starting a new pack of lined paper
  14. Crying at a film
  15. Singing lyrics to a song
  16. Remembering something you couldn’t put your finger on
  17. Jumping waves
  18. Sharing a smile with someone you don’t know
  19. Pens that make your handwriting really neat
  20. Clear skies
  21. Gathering yourself during a (shared) laughing fit and then bursting out loud again just by looking at the other person’s face
  22. Picking up money you found on the street
  23. Pinky promises
  24. Someone remembering your name
  25. Consecutive songs on shuffle that you really felt
  26. Christmas Eve
  27. Listening to a song REALLY loud when no one’s home
  28. Strangers who are happy to strike a conversation
  29. Other people pointing out quirks you have
  30. Singing back the lyrics at a concert
  31. One of those obscure, underrated songs you like coming on the radio
  32. Stepping into fresh snow
  33. Free samples!
  34. Eating ice cream out of the carton
  35. People knowing you better than you do
  36. Tipping the remnants of the crisp packet into your mouth without getting them all over yourself
  37. Finding something you were looking for
  38. Perfectly wrapping a Christmas present with a leftover piece of wrapping paper
  39. Good movie trailers
  40. Laughing
  41. Not needing to finish your sentence because they already know what you mean