Joie De Vivre


It seems that ‘being busy’ has really become a trend nowadays. When you ask someone how things are going, 9 times out of 10 they answer with “ohhh, I am so busy!” While that may be true, I definitely don’t think that ‘being busy’ makes you look more productive or successful. If anything, NOT being swamped and having the ability to juggle a variety of responsibilities while maintaining some kind of work/life balance is much more admirable. I have many hardworking people around me, with my dad taking the #1 spot, and I don’t think I have ever heard him complain about how busy he is. It is something that I admire in him.

The happiest people are the ones that work hard, but also invest in their family & relationships AND themselves. And they take the time to appreciate the little things. I know it sounds cliché, but just think about the times that something (seemingly) small really made your day. For me that would be:

  • seeing my cat and dog cuddle on the couch;
  • hearing a song that reminds me of a funny story from my childhood;
  • scrolling down the history of my Facebook wall and seeing old sweet messages;
  • eating something yummy that really hits the spot at that moment;
  • spending quality time with my boyfriend (whether it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours);
  • seeing that one of my plants is getting new leaves (especially given that I usually kill every. single. plant);
  • discovering that one of your favourite shows is back on TV (with 2 new episodes!);
  • my best friend sending all of the pictures we’ve taken together in the past year as a “year in review” of our friendship (third bestie included).

And this is only a selection of a few things that have happened in the past week. Funnily enough, it’s the first time I have made a list like this and I could have gone on for much longer. It goes to show that there are plenty of things that add to the quality of our lives, but that are not always appreciated the way they should because we focus on the big things. It makes sense: negative events often seem to make a bigger impact, but I invite you all to write down a list for yourself and I promise it’ll brighten your day!