About 2 month ago a friend of mine posted a day trip to the Penn Plantation. First, I was excited and thought it was a great idea. However, all through last week I was wrestling with myself if I should really go. It would be a rather long drive. I’ve been tired all week. Not because I was working a lot, far from it but because for some reason I can’t get it in my schedule to drink enough water. I kept looking at my to-do-list trying to make excuses for not going; however since I had agreed to go, I gotten up at the crack of dawn and placed my tired self in my car.
It was a beautiful morning I enjoyed the drive and Penn Plantation.
Even though it was a grueling drive back, back home I looked at my to-do-list and started to check a few things of. Now at the end of the day, I ended up having accomplished more then I initially set out to do without going on this day trip.
Habits and attitudes are hardwired along well-established neural pathways. At times we need to give ourselves a push to actually get what we want. I think that also applies to happiness. I haven’t really figured it out but I don’t think happiness, even though it’s humanity’s most desired emotion, just doesn’t happen by itself.
While cutting-edge science and research are paving the way to greater understanding of our emotions, it seems there is still something to be said for just having a good day, because you got up and did what you set out to do and some.