What happiness experts don't tell you

Every time you go 'blog hopping' you know where you start from, but you never know where you are going to end up. You click on something you know, then click on something new you may like, end up in the deep web exchanging your degree for a wooden leg and a hook, ready to start a new life as a pirate to combat global warming. True story.

one minute rule for happiness

As a self-proclaimed modern Alice, instead of falling down rabbit holes, I follow the comment section on YouTube and end up watching the most random videos or reading the most frustrating articles.

A click to what I believed to be a travel blog inspired this article about reasonable things to do while traveling. What I didn't tell you is that, after reading about ‘Earthing’, I ended up watching tutorials on how to create your own Focus Wheel to shift your vibration to a higher point, as explained by Abraham-Hicks. If you have no idea what I am talking about, don't worry, you are doing a great job at living, me, on the other hand, have been publicly told to stop joining cults online. 

The other day, after clicking one too many times, I ended up reading an article about the 'one minute rule'. Please, read the following with an annoying Youtuber voice. 

This is a simple life hack which will make housework much easier in 2018. All it takes, is to do immediately everything and anything that takes less than a minute to complete. Putting away your cape coat, rinsing your marble photo background, folding a throw, recycling an empty bottle of green juice, lots of small messy things that piled up will undoubtedly cause mayhem in your home. You don't want any of that in the back of your Snaps.

You can stop with the voice now that we move onto some facts and thoughts.

The concept has been introduced by happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, whom could easily be able to rule the world along with Marie Kondo. If only they could expand their philosophy to something more socially useful than tidying up your home. Oh, the hours that I've spent picking up every single item in my possession and thinking 'does this bring me joy?', just to be conditioned to put it away immediately because it only takes a few seconds to do so, to then repeat the process in an infinite loop...

Don't get me wrong, I do agree that decluttering, or 'spring cleaning' as we used to call it, can be really positive, and I am the first to finish small tasks around the house instead of postponing everything. One thing is to fix every small thing to prepare the right environment to do what you love and enjoy the rest of your day, another thing is to feel good and enjoy your day because you fixed every small thing. If the only way for you to feel accomplished, and to metaphorically clean up your mind is to clean up your house, that's a concern, and I am pretty sure that thing is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

I was ready to face yet another list of how many hours of sleep should we get, of how green smoothies are the best morning ritual, of how a minimal wardrobe saves time, and the power of lists.

I just saved you from reading about twenty articles of this kind. You’re welcome.

What I wasn’t ready for, is for a concept which, if misunderstood and taken to the extreme, is so close to trigger mental illness that the idea of joining tree huggers as a pirate is suddenly not that bad!

Inspired by: Witanddelight
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