The world is a busy place, and sometimes we lose sight of the simple pleasures in life. We neglect human interaction as we are too fixated on chasing our dreams. As paradoxical as it sounds, constantly keeping on the up-and-up can lead to some amount of discontentment, or even feelings of “burnout”. Here are some wholesome ideas for slowing things down a little and letting your soul catch up.
1. Rediscover the beauty of written mail
Harry Potter made it a novel idea for one to receive mail via the owl service. Unfortunately, snail mail can be just as joyful and enjoyable. Plus, there’s also the anticipation of waiting for the reply!
Go all-in by skipping electronic email and write your own letter to your friends and loved ones! Writing can be therapeutic and there’s nothing quite like receiving personalised letters. Now more than ever, a written word goes a long way.
2. Pick up the phone
When was the last time you used the phone to have a conversation with someone? And no, work matters are not counted.
There's a reassuring action in calling someone to ask how their day went. Not only does it show that you care about the other person’s wellbeing, it also shows that you’re willing to make the effort to make the connection between you and the other party an even more personal one.
Texts may be convenient, but they can come across as a tad bit impersonal at times. Talking to someone on the phone beats getting a LOL or a simple emoji any time of the week.
3. Put others before yourself
Go out of your way and ask if someone needs help, even if that someone happens to be a total stranger. A good place to start is by helping your parents or siblings with a household chore or with their homework. Acts of service go a long way and it makes you feel appreciated. Even if said act is bereft of perks, the reward centre of your brain lights up whenever you know that someone has benefitted from your assistance – you’re not walking away empty-handed. Be an everyday superhero and make the world a better place!
4. Share your blessings
Sharing is one of life greatest's pleasures. Volunteering is a great way to help out those who are less privileged. You can put endless smiles if you help out for a cause. If you are unable to commit to regular acts of volunteering, you can look to other means of contribution, such as partaking in discussion activities or providing support to events and the like. It’s a big world out there, but small acts of kindness go a long way too.
I often remind myself of something that Anne Frank wrote: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." The same goes for oneself as well. If not now, then when? If not you, then who?