|Nothing kills time like writing, and I have an hour to kill on the treadmill. This is catching two birds with one - let's say net, because I refuse to kill birds even as a metaphor - but one recommended technique to maintain long lasting positivity (aka feeling relatively happy all the time) is to do the following every day:
I think that's it. I know for a fact that the meditation part works, at least for me, because the one week I did it did wonders to the constantly gnawing thoughts in my mind; and I really needn't elaborate about exercise and mood improvement. Not that I'm down, mind; but I'm my usual flactuating self and I'd rather enjoy some smooth sailing. So I'm blogging while walking.
I can't say anything nice happened today, because I woke up 15 minutes ago; so instead, I'll write about something nice that happened yesterday, which is I opened commissions after a long time of not taking them, and they got filled up quite quickly and there's a few nice challenges and it felt quite nice to be so active and to do what I'm good at. And really, the slots filled up very fast; this always fills good - the same feeling I used to get from my games filling up lightning fast during pre-sign ups in roleplaying cons. Is it popularity, or reaffirmation that you're good at something? I'd like to think it's the latter; and, at any case, since I was 19 or so, I never had any problems feeling popular anywhere; funny how these things go, what with the complete opposite all througout my childhood and teens.
Another good thing was that I completed my small side project - I've been re-making some warcraft model with zero regard to poly count (how 'heavy' it is in terms of memory usage) - a privilege Blizzard can't afford; and it's been something I've been working on while on the phone for a couple of weeks, because it's full of dumb, representative monkey work. I finished it, complete with a space octopus (!) and all, then I got stuck - as usual - with the composition and lighting, aka the focal point, which is always the problem with doing 3D when you're a noob. So while I have the model finished - hat and sash, cloth simulation and potion bottles, and did I mention the space octopus? I can't post anything yet because I didn't find a good frame. Frustrating; but I'm eager to learn how to fix it, and being 'eager to learn' is likely the state I feel most happy and alive in.
And suddenly I have so much to do: I have a couple of roleplaying things in the guild which are best done before tomorrow; I need to learn focal points and complete yesterday's work; I have five commissions full of interesting stuff; and, in a pinch, I also have some new content I never explored in wow. Yup; either this technique worked or it's empirically true, but right now life feels quite nice.