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Turns out you can leave the country, but life remains essentially the same wherever you go. Aside from the obvious cultural differences, we are all a part of this giant social organism with the same particular objective.

Granted we each have our unique way of going about achieving said goal and the definitions pertaining to precisely what obtaining this ‘objective’ exactly entails differs, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that each of us is on a journey to achieve happiness.

When you really think about it, everything we do is geared towards this state of being: we try to maximize the amount of pleasure in our life while minimizing the pain (hello utilitarianism hahah knew school was handy for a reason). Anything and everything that we do is motivated by our desire to be happy, even if indirectly. The problem with this is that we are also plagued with this unshakable sense of dissatisfaction.

Also, I have realized that it is INCREDIBLY interesting watching the world interact with itself. Goffman’s conception of the world as a stage with everyone as actors performing for their peers is right on the dot in my opinion.

Who we really are when we sit alone with ourselves and face our inner thoughts in the silence–is it truly cohesive with who we are in social situations? Don’t we alter our personalities to fit with the company that we are keeping at any particular moment? Are these multiple personalities within us what makes us crazy, keeps us sane, or what gives us purpose while we attempt to maintain these facades for our audiences?

Does it even really matter?

The answer to that is fairly simple: probably not. What it is my friends, is a sign that I have had a leeeeeetle bit too much time to think about these kinds of things. Life has settled down considerably over here, which is why I have declined to bore you all to tears with multiple posts. ANYWAYS here is what has been going down in the land of the orderly:

the past has been revisited, and pages created

I was looking through some old posts from earlier this year and picked a few out that I thought described the time period rather well. Interesting to look back, eh? click here to check it out :) or you can get there from the little tab at the top that says the past.

rugs have been bought

breakfasts in bed have happened (more times than i would like to admit)

cakes have been baked

birthdays have been celebrated

beautiful weather has been appreciated

hockey has been watched

toes have been frozen!

leftovers have been consumed

and excitement has been felt because in 3 days 19 hours and 6 minutes I will be seeing my dad! :) no, i am not THAT obsessive compulsive–gotta love countdown doo-dads!

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cheery

Word to the wise: Never EVER get cocky about gardening.


ever

Just when your confidence has been built up by your ability to keep another living thing alive for weeks at a time, it throws you a curveball and you slip right back into failurehood.

In my defense, I have been supremely busy. Today for example, I scrambled out of bed at 7:00 am, inhaled breakfast, and popped out the door to my lovely 8 o clock class. That class lasted till 10, then I had a three hour break that I used for studying (slash reading my snack book), then a two hour class, a trip to the gym before my 3 hour swedish class, and then immediately to dinner with the girls.

Due to this extravaganza of activity there has been no semblance of a regular watering schedule for these poor neglected plants. They have become like my abused children: fed at random times, usually with the remainder of water from my cup as I am selfishly quenching my own thirst.

I always suspected that I did not possess a green thumb, but the proof has arrived. Now I am in this vicious cycle of over watering when I realize how long it has been since the last time H2O hit the roots of my babies (hello, exaggeration but you get the point). They proceed to suck up every last drop, how could they help themselves after being essentially starved, and I know that there is definately such thing as overwatering.

All I can say is keep your children and puppies away from me, I cannot be trusted ;)

I of course continue to overlook my mistreatment of my suffering plants in light of more interesting things (Mr. Immanuel Kant would condemn me–causing suffering in a bring like so). Deontology references aside, one thing that has always amazed me is the cheering qualities of eggs.

Anyway you serve them those suckers bring joy to the world (maybe not if you are a vegan).

Yes, I realize that the ‘suckers’ that I refer to are actually chicken fetuses that we crack open and devour.

BUT THEY TASTE SO GOOD

best way to start a morning, no doubt about it. I have been eating eggs non stop recently, and my friends have begun to just assume that an egg will be included in any meal that is going to pass through my mouth cavity. Hardboiled, with toast, scrambled, omlette-ed, sunny side up. Anyway you crack it, it’s good.

You know what else is good? Real Simple. Why you may ask? because they hired one of my new favorite authors Gretchen Rubin (thanks to a going away present from the ever-lovely Amie :)) to write an article that I had bookmarked months ago and just realized that she was the author of it!

Gretchen penned the book, the Happiness Project, which I find totally inspiring and would like to take on one of my own in the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read, which if you are reading this then I am assuming that it is everyone.

It may seem like cheezy self-help, cat-lady freako book BUT, mind you, it was sold in Anthropologie so therefore it is legitimate. I rest my case, thankyouverymuch.


9 Things You Can Do to Be Happy in the Next 30 Minutes

Surprising ways to instantly improve your mood.

by Gretchen Rubin

Being happier doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next 30 minutes, tackle as many of the following suggestions as possible. Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you’ve achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.

1. Raise your activity level to pump up your energy. If you’re on the phone, stand up and pace. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Put more energy into your voice. Take a brisk 10-minute walk. Even better…

2. Take a walk outside. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning.

3. Reach out. Send an e-mail to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or reach out to someone new. Having close bonds with other people is one of the most important keys to happiness. When you act in a friendly way, not only will others feel more friendly toward you, but you’ll also strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

4. Rid yourself of a nagging task. Deal with that insurance problem, purchase something you need, or make that long-postponed appointment with the dentist. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a rush of elation.

5. Create a more serene environment. Outer order contributes to inner peace, so spend some time organizing bills and tackling the piles in the kitchen. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizable dent. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do.

6. Do a good deed. Introduce two people by e-mail, take a minute to pass along useful information, or deliver some gratifying praise. In fact, you can also…

7. Save someone’s life. Sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. Do good, feel good―it really works!

8. Act happy. Fake it ’til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

9. Learn something new. Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it, or go to a bookstore and buy a book about it. But be honest! Pick a topic that reallyinterests you, not something you think you “should” or “need to” learn about.

Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal, but in fact, research shows that happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy, and productive―and they’re more inclined to help other people. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier, too.