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August 7, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Selamat-Hari-Raya

The next four days are sunshine and happiness galore! There’s no office commute (or the office) for me from August 8 through 11. Thursday, August 8, is Hari Raya Adilfitri, a public holiday in multicultural Singapore honoring the end of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. The very next day, August 9, will be Singapore’s National Day. That’s when fireworks will spark to mark the tree-lined island’s 48th year of independence. Two public holidays and the weekend strung together equal a lovely staycation – and some gardening. Consider this post my placeholder for the short break. 🙂

I’ll continue to use the iPhone app “Happier” to record my grateful moments. This is an effective way of tracking wellbeing and reducing the tendency to brood (considering I’m not much of a ruminator, this is preventive work).

Serendipity isn’t for the lucky. It’s for those who can self-help. So I’d like you to try a similar routine. Every day for the next four to five days, record your moments of fun and gratitude. You can do this anywhere as long as you can note them down. If you’re prone to anxiety or depression, then let your heart palpitations and surge of discomfort be the trigger to describe an event you can be thankful for. And if you must ventillate to someone about the doors that have closed on you, then wrap it up by describing another door that has opened, even if the door is the size of an air vent. You’ll find the exercise exhausting. But it’s worth trying this even once a day, which is how little habits take form.

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