Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wups

Clearly I didn't keep that one up.

Oops.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 2

Context

Three things I am grateful for:
  1. My girlfriend
  2. Running into old friends days before they move away
  3. Having a good sleep

Positive Experience:
I went to the bar for an acquaintance's birthday and ran into a large number of friends from high school and elementary school who I haven't seen in ages. One of them was celebrating getting a job offer and was moving out of town permanently. It wasn't like we ever really close, but it was good to see him again before he left town. It was a solid night.

Exercise:
None

Meditation:
None

Random act of kindness:
None - I'm an ass.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day 1

Context

Three things I am grateful for:
  1. Low rent
  2. A fun weekly tradition for beers with lunch on friday
  3. My foot is healing

Positive experience in the last 24 hours:
Making a nice meal for me and my girlfriend. Due to the logistics of the day she wasn't able to come over as early as previously planned, and our eating schedule was all messed up. Since she was taking the time to come all the way across town to see me, I went to the grocery store, bought a bunch of ingredients and made us a really nice mushroom chicken dinner. Even though I had almost no time to plan and had all 3 dishes cooking at once (4 burners and the oven), it was a lot of fun. Not to mention it felt good to do something nice for her.

Exercise:
Do stairs count as exercise?

Meditation:
None

Random act of kindness:
I don't think I did one. That's not good.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happiness Before Success

Recently I ran across this video about becoming more productive by being happier. The speaker mentions some methods that can be used to get to this sweet spot:
  1. Write down 3 new things your are grateful for
  2. Journaling one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours
  3. Exercise
  4. Meditation
  5. Random acts of kindness

I highly recommend watching the video, he is funny and charming - a great presenter. This li'l blog post can not come close to doing it justice.

But now, I'm going to give this happiness thing a shot. Chances are that not every single day will get all the things done, but I'll do my best. For example, it's 1:15am, and I'm probably not going to do any exercise tonight. Today will be today 0, just so I don't feel to bad.

Three things that I am grateful for:
Getting a job interview
Being able to have a good conversation with my girlfriend before sleep
Having the solutions to some homework, making it easier.

Positive Experience:
Today I had a job interview that I wasn't fully qualified for. Thanks to spending the past two days madly reading Wikipedia articles related to the job and the company I was able to remember enough of the jargon to impress the interviewer. Despite my broad education there are some gaps, especially when it comes to taking an Operating Systems course. More importantly than the jargon I was able to complete the programming tasks he gave me with minimal effort. Even though one had some syntax errors and a mistake, overall I feel very good about how I held up today. Also, since I wasn't overly stressed about the job I was able to be myself which probably increases my chances.

Exercise:
None

Meditation:
None

Random Act of Kindness:
I bought Damien a coffee today.