Finding Pleasure in Your Life

What’s the first thought that pops into your head when you wake up each morning? Is it that you’re looking forward to what the day will bring? Or could it be that you don’t even really care?

Perhaps there was a time when you couldn’t wait to get your day started, not necessarily because you were doing anything very exciting, but because you got simple delight from simple things. 

If you’re struggling to find that pleasure now, there are a few steps you can take to help yourself.

Let’s say there’s a film you want to see but it’s too much like hard work to go to the cinema. Preparation can help. Check the time of the local screening. Lay out the clothes you’re going to wear beforehand. You’ve already dealt with two of the excuses that typically trip you up.

Next, remember a time that you went to the cinema and enjoyed yourself. What was good about it? What were the sights, sounds and smells that made it pleasurable for you? Now, imagine yourself at the cinema, enjoying the big screen experience and feeling pleased that you made the trip. In this way you can build a positive anticipation of the coming event.

So, did you make it to the cinema? Now it’s time reflect on how good the film was, how good it was to see a film on the big screen, what it felt like to leave the house and enjoy some entertainment. Review the steps that you needed to go through in order to get there. Were they actually as bad as you imagined them to be? Maybe the next time won’t be so bad after all.