Covid-19 has thrown up some big challenges for people of all ages, everywhere in the world. But in many ways, for a period at least, it’s also stripped life right back to basics.
Taking some time out from life’s activities, pressures and distractions once in a while has its benefits: it’s an opportunity to take stock, and reflect on the core of what gives our lives meaning.
Untangling happiness from achievement
For many of us, happiness is tied up in what we’re achieving. But this can lead to us feeling exhausted, burnt out, and unfulfilled.
Sometimes it feels like we’re on a treadmill as we strive to reach goals and achieve targets. And sometimes we might start to lean too heavily on our ability to achieve the ‘next big thing’ to make us happy.
But while our accomplishments do contribute to our happiness, they’re certainly not the only way to achieve contentment.
Separating happiness from material things
Research shows that people who are more materialistic tend to be less satisfied with their lives. And the truth is, you really can’t buy happiness. You won’t find it in an Insta-worthy outfit or must-have gadget.
Happiness is found in the everyday things: the simple pleasures.
The moments where something makes you laugh, or in the beautiful things you see, or those rare moments of genuine peace and quiet. It’s also found in the moments when you do something that really brings you a sense of purpose or meaning.
What are your simple (everyday) pleasures?
So, take some time to think about what your simple day-to-day pleasures are. Are they healthy and are they fulfilling? Why not make some time for your simple pleasures, and see how it makes you feel?
And, if you’re a Fika user, don’t forget to share your ideas with other students in the Fika app’s Community feed. Fika has partnerships with 40 universities across the UK. For a list of Fika’s university partners, please click here.
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