Jump Start Jan: Quality of Life Week: Day 6

quality of life week jump start little luxuries treatsEarlier in the week we looked at creature comforts, and now it’s time to think about bringing some treats and little luxuries into daily life. Having a regular treat, however tiny it is, can be a massive boost to your general quality of life and your happiness levels.

A few years ago there was an experiment where positive psychology was used to make a whole town happier. People were given a 10-point plan to follow, and one of these points was this:

Give yourself a treat every day, and take the time to really enjoy it

It’s so good to have something to look forward to, and when I say ‘luxury’ that doesn’t mean luxury goods. It’s just something that feels luxurious, or like a treat to you.

When you’re living on a budget, it’s very common to spend a lot of time saying ‘no’ to yourself and others, and to feel like the good times are nowhere to be seen. Rather than focus on what’s lacking, try to think creatively about what’s available and affordable, and remember to enjoy it.

Some ideas that might appeal:

  • Some ‘luxury’ fresh fruit (for example, passion fruit from the market)
  • A few minutes to relax in the bath
  • A free comedy podcast to listen to
  • Small bar of nice chocolate
  • Time to put your feet up
  • A walk in a nearby beauty spot
  • Time (and materials) for doing some craft
  • Perfume or aftershave
  • Declutter or redecorate a corner of your home for relaxing in
  • High thread count bedlinen

Notice that many of these ideas are about time, or personal space, rather than spending money. Make your own list, and see what you come up with.

What’s happening here?

I have very fond memories of coconut water – we had it once a year, straight from the shell when I was little, so it makes me smile and makes me remember happy occasions and celebrations. I’ve bought a small carton of it on offer in the supermarket, and am having a glass each day for the next three days.

What’s on your list? What are you going to try first?

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