Hey have I introduced my number one idol and inspiration as I delve into this world of happiness and how to better live our daily lives? Her name is Gretchen Rubin and she lives somewhere in that big city of New York. She always replies to my e-mails, even the ones where my sentences are as simple as a 4th grader, her writing style is addictive, she is intelligent yet not to the point where you have no idea what she just said. She’s LOVELY.
Featured on her blog is what she and a Navy Seal agree on the habit of happiness. I found it intriguing and it is. How to be happy: make your bed.
Here’s his excerpt from her blog:
Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed.
If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.
It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
So I woke up today at the ripe time of 11:10 am, goodbye productivity for the rest of this beautiful Saturday in California. However, guess what the 1st (no like 12th, but still) thing I got done after waking up. I made the bed. If this is your regular habit already, I applaud you. But for the others, yes this definitely shifted my mood for the better. I think this applies to not just happiness or feeling of accomplishment but the productivity! Productivity is one of the biggest factors for humans to feel satisfaction in their work. Try this out for a week and see if it helps you with your daily life.
P.S. You can find her (this wonderful woman and hero of happiness literature) at http://www.gretchenrubin.com