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27 February 2011

take a hike

"And what we've found is that we should be focusing on how we feel from day to day,
not on how we can become happy with life in general.
If you focus on day-to-day feelings, you end up building your resources 
and become your best version of yourself.
Down the road, you'll be happier with life.
Rather than staring down happiness as a goal and asking ourselves,
"How do I get there?"
we should be thinking about how to create positive emotions in the moment."
-Barbara Fredrickson, 
on her research findings about The Science of Happiness (via e.wat)


[if you're a quote skipper, i recommend you re-reading that one. it's crucial!]


i love hiking.
i really love bernheim forest.
but today i'm sick in bed
(i'll forgo the photo, tyvm).

sick, but:
studying for a midterm (research methods),
reading/studying for my other class (theories in health promotion for communities/groups),
and trying to rest up for a busy first part of the week.

do you ever catch yourself, 
busy in the midst of it all,
thinking: what was i thinking?

it happens, yep, it happens,
to all of us, as we faithfully plug along.
we're uncertain of our footing.
we not sure what ever convinced us to leap in the first place.
we're fooled into thinking comfortable but unhappy was, somehow, better
or easier, at least.

when uncomfortable, hiking the unexpected path,
is
where
we 
encounter
true life,
love,
and
adventure.

maybe i'm just an adventure seeker.
with a big heart.
but i think i'm onto something here.
what do you think?

if you're well: take a hike.
if you're not: join me in restful pursuit of those daily goals.

sending love your way.
xoxox
stephanie

2 comments:

Monica said...

LOVE this so much! Thanks for the great quote too!

marybethboswell said...

Stephanie, "If you focus on day-to-day feelings, you end up building your resources
and become your best version of yourself." Yes, I really like that too. Building my own resources is a daily habit. Thanks for reminding us with this wonderful quote!

"...Do you ever catch yourself,
busy in the midst of it all,
thinking: what was i thinking?" Yes, and sometimes I decide to just let the thoughts go in and out of my brain like a late-afternoon tide. Came in, went out, nah, not really that important. (Not always, but frequently!)

"...Maybe i'm just an adventure seeker.
with a big heart.
but i think i'm onto something here.
what do you think?" This reminds me of a recent quote that *I* just chewed on, which is: "Judgement and closure are the greatest dangers to one who wants to retain the psychic mobility of an explorer" (John Lilly). That sounds really heavy but I think he is close to what you're saying, at least for me! (Maybe we turn it around from danger to opportunity.) Go for it, Stephanie!