Today, I watched this TED talk by Stefan Sagmeister about how good design can precipitate happiness. While the discussion of design didn’t interest me much, Sagmeister’s list of the happiest moments in his life made me wonder what *my* list would look like. Certainly ranked would be hot chocolate and toast with my grandmother in her Parisian apartment, more than a few late nights learning to code in our old shoebox of an office, a couple of epic dinner parties ending in dance parties and sing-alongs, two incredible music shows, and reaching the top of my first fourteener.
But on the whole, I’m bad at retrospection. I spend more time thinking about the future and what I want to see, build, and do than I do reflecting on the wonderful moments I’ve experienced. I started to wonder what it would be like to be able to look back at a record of the great experiences I’ve had – big and small – over the last year. So, in what may be a short-lived failure or an uplifting success of an experiment, I’m going to try to post more often about the things that make me smile.
Up first, my sister, who made me the most adorable mix CD before she took off for LA, entitled “Happiness Mix: You can’t be sad when you listen to these songs”. It’s been on repeat all week and does indeed cure the blues. Music that also falls into the blues-curing category: