Spend Time with Your Sick Friends

Feb 2017 I was sick and stuck in bed for 4 weeks due to the Flu, and I have to say being sick is a very lonely activity.  Being stick in bed means you don’t see anyone at work, because you don’t go to work, and you don’t see anyone on your commute, because you aren’t commuting, and you don’t see any human beings in person at all, except the ones who live with you, but they have lives and are rarely home, so you’re basically alone all day and night and it’s very lonely.

All the things you’d normally do to pass time are no longer an option.  You suddenly find yourself with so many hours of free time, but no energy or ability to take advantage of said free time.  So you aren’t gaining happiness from doing fun things. Instead, you’re just decaying slowly as the illness saps your energy.

It’s depressing to say the least. And the longer it goes on, the more lonely you feel because your Loneliness Battery isn’t being recharged.

I know the typical response is to say: oh that person is sick, I don’t want to get sick too so let’s avoid that person.  But that is the wrong thing to do because you aren’t helping them get well by leaving them alone.  Go to them, spend some time with them. Practice safe and intelligent hygiene to avoid contracting illnesses, and continue proper self care to stay healthy yourself.  Don’t underestimate the power of being present for someone in helping them continue to fight the illness, in helping them recover from illness, in helping them be healthy.

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Life Lessons Jan 10 2018

Opportunities expire really quickly so take them when you can

A few months ago I went to a bitcoin talk and was recommended Monero.  I was convinced and would buy Monero, but was too lazy to do anything with the information.  As a result, Monero quadrupled in value while bitcoin only doubled in value. I had the opportunity, but I was slow to act, and so I missed it.

 

If you are unhappy today, act in such a way that you will be happy tomorrow.

Often times when I’m unhappy, I don’t feel like doing anything and so I don’t.  This is a problem because you likely don’t feel good today because of what you did yesterday.  If you don’t take care of yourself today, then you are setting yourself up to feel bad tomorrow.  And if you always respond to sadness in such a way that the next day will be sad, then you are trapping yourself in an infinite loop of sad days.

Even if you don’t feel like doing anything and you aren’t happy, you should still move and do work.  When you feel bad because of what happened in the past, realize that you can’t change the past, but you can change the future, so act in such a way that you will be happy tomorrow.

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Why Our Screens Make Us Less Happy, and Which Apps Make Us Sad

https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_alter_why_our_screens_make_us_less_happy#t-276728

These apps make you happy: Relaxation, Exercise, Weather, Reading, Education, Health

These apps make you sad: Dating, Social Networking, Gaming, Entertainment, News, Web Browsing

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