Just because you’re trying to find out what makes you happy doesn’t mean you always have to try something new. Sometimes revisiting an old happy, a tried and tested experience that you know brings a smile to your face, can be the quickest and surest way to boosting your Happy Levels.
It’s not just about a quick win either, so you don’t have to worry about short changing yourself. There are so many things you may choose to do again that have made you feel happy in the past, that this one can really be a no-brainer. For example you might like riding your bike on a certain route around your town, village or city. You might like a game of tennis at a local tennis court. You may like baking gingerbread. That’s the Happy I’ve revisited today.
So why revisit an old Happy? Well there are two big reasons. One is that by doing something that you’ve done before, and that made you happy before, you reinforce the happy feelings and revisit the memory of doing something. Another reason is that by doing something again, and becoming more practiced, you can increase your level of skill at your particular activity. You may get fitter and be able to play tennis for longer or score more points against your opponent. You may complete your bike route in a quicker time or be less out of breath when you get home. You may make more gingerbread because you know how tasty it was the first time! Each time, an improvement has been made.
In addition, although there are things that stay the same, there will always be difference too. You might play sport or watch a film with a different person. You might visit a different place to play sport or ride your bike or go for a walk. You may enjoy your baked goods with different people or use different cutters to make different shapes. Each time, your happy evolves into a new Happy that gives you the anticipation and pleasure of returning to something you know you enjoy, and the pride of achieving something slightly new, even if the basis of your Happy remains the same. Now, how big a piece of gingerbread to cut…