Getting 10% Happier

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I deactivated my Facebook account again today. Honestly this last time that I got back on it, I haven’t really been doing much with it. I’d check it once a day and maybe every now and again post some pics of Ashok or my weekend. But my heart wasn’t in it. Facebook has lost its luster.

I’ve been doing other things with my time. I listen to podcasts, read the New York Times and meditate. I’m meditating anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour a day – not all at once, but it’s still an hour. I do several short meditations a day. It makes such a difference in my feeling present and grounded. So, when you take away that hour a day and my exercise time and my podcast and news listening time, I don’t have time for Facebook anyway. Besides, the meditation does seem to make me a little happier.

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On one of my regular podcasts, an author was talking about her book about taking your life back from your smartphone. She had a three day challenge that got me thinking. I can’t find the article right now, but I know that day 2 challenged me not to take any pictures with my phone and day 3 I deleted the most addictive app on my phone. I tried the challenge, and it felt really good. I was more present. I spent more time talking to people, and I even got bored once or twice. I haven’t added the app back (it was Facebook), and I haven’t resumed taking pictures constantly. That has affected my blog media library, but I’ll get back to it if I can find a way to control it.

In the words of my meditation app 10% Happier, I felt happier after the challenge. It might have been 10%. It could have been 9%, or it may have been 15%. I don’t know how to place a percentage on it, but I felt happier. I kept the habits. And with that little push, I’ve been looking for other things that will make me just a bit happier. After a bout of insomnia, I hypothesized that cutting out coffee would make me happier. That REALLY made me happy. I drink green tea now, and I don’t experience the roller coaster of energy that coffee gives me. That made me probably 15% happier. Two weeks later, I decided that cutting out sugar again would make me happier. It has. I even went to Chicago this weekend and without coffee and sugar I was in a great mood at the end of the trip. Score. I’m probably 20% happier now.

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I was on a roll! So, when I checked Facebook this weekend I found myself getting irritated and depressed. I had to ask myself whether or not this activity was making me happier. It wasn’t. When I noticed this morning that scrolling the news feed for a minute or two put me in a bad mood, I decided that it was time to add a little more happiness to my life. So, Facebook is history, too. I can’t wait to see if this really makes me happier.

With all of this stuff making me happier, life is going pretty well. I don’t know where percentage-wise I am on the happiness scale, but I’m definitely trending in a positive direction. I think I’ll keep on doing what I’m doing.

What would make you 10% Happier? Do that.

 

 

11 thoughts on “Getting 10% Happier

  1. PLEASE give me any advice you have on cutting out diet cokes (caffeine) and chocolate (sugar)) without going mad. Remember I do teach 3rd – 5th graders ALL day EVERY day.

    • Wow. The best thing I would say is to slowly and gradually do it. There will be withdrawal. I substituted green tea for the coffee. It’s healthier and lightly caffeinated. Unfortunately, sugar is really hard. But my mood is so much better without it. I eat a lot of fruit- no fruit juice because that’s really pure sugar. If you want to call me, feel free. I think you have my number. If not, email me at yogini.sharon@gmail.com.

  2. I love this idea of doing small things to make you happy instead of trying to do huge things and feeling like a failure. EVERYTHING is so overwhelming right now that focusing on one manageable thing even seems impossible, but as usual you have inspired me to try. Love and blessings.

  3. Yay for this! I’m trying to limit my use to purely business based but it’s so easy to get sucked back in. Have recently implemented an 8:30 shut off time for phone and computer and its really helping me create a good bedtime routine, for quieter and earlier mornings. You helped inspire that πŸ™‚

  4. Hey Sharon.. I’m catching up on my reading… and posting. We both seem to have been in some type of rut latley. Glad you are making some positive, proactive changes. I need to take note of them! Maybe I need to give up FB too… I spend way too much time on my phone. Here’s a question… how does one get started with meditation?

    • I started with the Calm App. There is also one called 10% Happier that has a free “getting started” course. But it is really pretty easy. You just sit – wherever – and focus on your breath. But I do have to say that I like the apps. They are very helpful. You can use the Calm app for free too, but you get more content if you subscribe. And, yes, I’ve been in a rut! Trying to climb out of it!

  5. I’ve deactivated my Facebook account a number of times but I always end up going back. What makes it worse is that I normally tell me wife and friends how fed up I am with it and how I waste my life scrolling through nonsense and how it leaves me feeling I lead an inferior life to everyone else. I then make a big song and dance about leaving Facebook, feel morally superior because I won’t be wasting maytime on that nonsense, to then re-activate my account a few weeks later!!!

    A great post, thanks for sharing.

    • Haha! I know. I do the same thing. But this last time I’ve stayed off it. It’s about the 4th try for me. It’s just as hard with sugar for me. But each try seems to bring more success. Thanks for reading.

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