A Happy High-Five for July

Every month, I try to take a second to reflect on what’s brought some moments of joy lately. I hope sharing might give you some ideas for finding your own moments of joy.

Listening to music on Spotify

I usually listen to the news or a podcast when I have some time, but lately I’ve been turning up the music more often, and it usually makes me feel a little more cheerful.

Getting into audio books again

During the last month or so (maybe two?), I’ve listened to Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison by Jason Rezaian, and How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (which I’ll be writing a post about sometime soon here).

Talking to my family

My family members are a big support, but it’s taken me a long time to realize this—and a long time to figure out I can use that support. Towards the end of elementary school and into junior high, when I first started experiencing depression, I was super focused on keeping it hidden. I’ve said it before, but it still doesn’t always feel natural to talk about this stuff, and we’re all still learning and figuring it out. But as we keep practicing, it’s hugely helpful. They helped me through some really difficult moments over the last several weeks, and I’m grateful.

A family trip this summer

Kombucha

I usually drink a lot of tea, but it’s a lot less appealing now that we’re getting to 100 degrees regularly outside and running the AC is expensive. The first time I tried kombucha, I hated it, but gave it another go recently—this was probably in part because I’m taking microbiology right now, and the importance of good gut health and a robust microbiome has come up a few times. I like it. I’m looking at ordering a starter kit to try making my own.

My new Instagram account

It isn’t so much the account itself that’s made me feel happy. Rather, I’ve been trying to post daily about some happy moment or something that helped mood-wise during the day. Doing that has been making me focus a lot more on that stuff.

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