29 thoughts on “The 7% Solution

  1. Happiness is being home and able to routinely check into Argh to see what everyone else is happy about too.

    OT: when I wrote this sentence I originally typed “also” then changed it to “too” since it sounded better to me. Is there a subtle difference in meaning that I subconsciously noticed or is it just a rhythmic difference?

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  2. Well, I’m here, ain’t I?!🤷🏻‍♀️

    I’ve also liked being a volunteer. Three different organisations at different times in my life. Stuck with the last one for the longest. Just being part of something bigger than me is very calming.

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  3. That statistic doesn’t take the nature of the group into account: I reckon I get more than 7% additional happiness from Argh. (Not going any further into statistics, since I’m grappling again with the beyond-me book about it, which has come back from the author. Though it did make me happy that he doesn’t believe in probability either; I tried to get out of doing it at school by telling my maths teacher I didn’t believe in it.)

    I’ve been happier this week for working half days. And sitting in the sun. And watching ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Grace and Frankie’. And for getting letters from two friends.

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    1. I’ve been rewatching Gilmore Girls this weekend. It’s always a mixed bag, but I like the idea of the town. It’s comforting. I just don’t understand why so many people feel the need to be angry and violent with others. It seems so much easier and more rewarding to be friendly and helpful.

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  4. I have the membership card and everything. Thanks for that 7%. Seriously, on the subject of groups, I have been considering applying to volunteer somewhere. My work schedule can be unpredictable, though, and it generally doesn’t mesh with other people’s more usual ones. So we’ll see how that goes.

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    1. Oh, yes. Nearly everything political or social that I would like to volunteer (or protest) for takes place, surprise, on weekends. I work every weekend, unless I specifically ask for a day off. If there’s a midweek thing, it starts before we close. Argh.

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  5. Groups are the only way to go. Groups and friends and chocolate. it’s all going to be okay.

    Read this today: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/10/religion-for-the-nonreligious.html

    It made me think about ways to think above the fog, which also makes me happy. (I am not commenting on religion here. I’m not even sure what I believe, I’m not going to judge anyone else for what they believe. But the article has some interesting points about elevating humanity, which I need right now. I wish they’d figure that out in Washington.)

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  6. It was my birthday yesterday, and the family went to the Exploratorium in San Francisco for science based fun (and man, I’m glad I proofread, because autocorrect got s encephalitis out of that, wowza!) Then we drove down the coast and had burgers and pie at a favorite diner. Hurray! Lovely day.
    Plus I’m going to see Michelle Obama in December with my political postcards group of angry activated women. How awesome is that?

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    1. Going to hear Michelle speak? Angry activated women? All pretty damn awesome in my books. Let us know how it went, okay? We’ll wait patiently until December 🙂

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  7. (-: I’m 15 percent happier reading this. I’m very biddable, so if I’m told I’m supposed to be happy, I often am. Well, if the thing telling me is a neutral party that sounds even somewhat scientific.

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  8. Tomorrow I’m giving my husband a birthday card that says:

    “You are the frosting on the cupcake of life. Without you, it’s just a muffin.”

    He and I both like Faking It!

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    1. I once gave a card to my husband that read “In the landscape of my heart, you are the beer garden”. He loved it.

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