It’s the first day of Fall. Thank god. Bring on the cool weather, the hot drinks and the scarves. The arrival of Fall doesn’t mean that you need to abandon your happy hour rosé habit though. Just take it inside and opt for a full-bodied red instead. Darker days may mean darker thoughts…revamp some of your mental health practices. And, of course, snuggle up with a good book. It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers!
If you’re in Seattle, go get Happy Hour at Zane+Wylie’s near Pacific Place. Your belly and your pocketbook will thank you! Find my Google Review HERE.
Start a Complaining Journal. There is a lot of focus on happiness these days. People are “hacking happiness” Silicon Valley style. There are so may TED talks and YouTube videos on the subject. I want to be happy just as much as the next person, but lately, I have been feeling like this search for happiness is, well, kind of a bummer. It’s also quite exhausting and overwhelming. This is an interesting article about this phenomenon and why it isn’t as cut and dry as it may seem. MY suggestion in the face of all of this is…COMPLAIN! Instead of a gratitude journal, create a journal, a blog, a Twitter account, whatever, where you can BITCH about your life. Don’t share it with anyone. Make it anonymous if it’s online and DO NOT tell your friends and family about it (you might be bitching about them after all!). I gotta tell you, it is SO cathartic! And once you write or type those things, they somehow seem…less terrible. In Pop Psychology speak, they have lost some of their power. If you need some inspiration, check out Unhappy Hour, a podcast in which comedian and former Buzzfeed Whine About It guy Matt Bellassai complains about stuff for 45 minutes.
Follow Sorted Library on Instagram (after you follow ME of course!). It is an independent library in New York City in which members recommend collections of books around a certain theme. It’s a great way to discover new books and fresh perspectives on old favorites.