I was just mixing an instant coffee and thinking about life.
Man, it's pretty good huh? It's easy to take for granted and forget the ridiculous amazing technology that we use all the time that gives us access to almost all of the information ever uncovered in human history. We can talk long distances for free to anyone with an internet connection. You can get high quality everything for damn cheap by historical standards.
That's not even getting into the general beauty of seeing a cat bat a little ball around, or how the world smells after a rainstorm, or trees, or eating raw sliced pumpkin (try it), or whatever.
And then there's so many people in the world you can connect with, building good friendships, working with people, improving things, building more, reading books.
Life's really good.
That's all for today. :)
It sure can be! This got me thinking. What makes life good?
It's a question that can be answered on several levels.
- You're fulfilling your biological drives.
- You feel like you're working on meaningful projects with great people.
- You're building something that's bigger than yourself.
But ultimately, it gets down to neuroscience. E.g., someone suffering from Depression could be in the *exact same* life situation and feel like life ISN'T good. It's a subjective assessment-- but based on what?
Or more hypothetically, say we figure our brain science to the nth degree, and try to tweak someone's brain to give them 10x the capacity for happiness than humans normally have. How do we do that?
For me, it gets back to what we briefly discussed, a translation function between what goes on in a person's head and what sensations/emotions they feel.
Anyway, been thinking about this a lot lately, just wrote a blog post about it. Not something we have to figure out soon, but it's interesting to ponder.
p.s. I think you have a gift for getting people to be more mindful and happy. I always feel good after reading your posts. This one especially!
Leo Babauta has inspired millions through his writing on Zen Habits, where he's shared his experiences in building up great habits, cutting clutter and junkfood from his life, learning about great parenting and building a wonderful family, eliminating debt, increasing his income and productivity, and living a life that's more happy through and through.
Leo is now graciously participating in GiveGetWin with a practical class on "action-oriented contentment", and he sat down with Sebastian Marshall to share his thoughts on what motivates him, around what contentment is, on trusting yourself, on being compassionate and compassion as an impetus for action, on self-compassion and treating yourself well, and happiness in general. Enjoy:
"Practical, Action-Oriented Contentment and Compassion" by Leo Babauta, as told to Sebastian Marshall
I've been talking a bit about my business idea recently, but I haven't gone into too much detail about it. I think this is because I haven’t wanted anyone else to steal it, but that's really quite silly.
No one's going to steal it, and even if they did, they'd be doing it differently to how I'd be doing it. And they'd be doing it because they stole it, not because they created it as a result of being passionate about it.
So I'll talk about what I intend doing, as part of the 'promotion' of it. At the very least, it'll help me define exactly what it is so that I can move forward with it.