If you're like me, you need to see something on paper before you can really understand it. In my mission to plan for more joy in 2010, I decided to start with the basics. Maybe this is a little too basic for you, but feel free to try it. (Especially if you have a pen with unique-colored ink you'd like to try out!)
I made a list of all the things that contributed joy to my life--the things I consider necessary for a meaningful existence. There were several surprising things about this exercise:
- The list was shorter than I expected--meaning it really doesn't take much to give me joy.
- The things that make me most joyful have to do with relationships rather than material things.
- The list didn't resemble my to-do list very closely.
What about you? Have you tried brainstorming about the important things in your life? What did you come up with?