Have you ever walked by a spot in your house, your neighbourhood or even your city and you felt your mood automatically elevate itself?
It's a feeling that, in many ways, can't be put in words but instead has a sense of warmth ( especially in your heart). It might be the sound of the ocean as you walk past the coast or the tiny patch of flowers that have grown near your window. It could even be a uniquely ordinary sight that comes and goes ( I look forward to spotting the hills on the horizon when the smog is low #citylife). These places, big and small, hold a special place in how they make us feel, yet we often forget they exist. We get distracted by life, work, in being more productive and focussed in our routines.
We don't realise that the ability to stop and smell the roses often leads to the mind, body and soul rejuvenating themselves into a booster dose of joy and happiness, which is far from unproductive and a lot more critical in our lives. As Ingrid fetell Lee says in her book "Joyful"
" I found that certain places have a kind of buoyancy—a bright corner café, a local yarn shop, a block of brownstones whose window boxes overflow with blooms—and I started changing my routines to visit them more often."
So, find and remember your booster spots. They might hold the key to the joy in your life ( I'm back on the balcony doing precisely that).
Kicking off with an amazing documentary on the first real smartphone
A David Perell mini-blog that I couldn’t help but share ( just in case you haven’t seen it on twitter)
An Episode of ‘Man Enough’ that made me think a lot about my own masculinity
And an episode of the ‘Varun Duggi Show’ thats based on a Muhammed Ali Quote that has been one of the most impactful lines I’ve come across in a long time.
“Its not bragging, if you can back it up”