How to take pleasure from the world

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During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) a Chinese scholar, Wang Xunan suggested that we can stay connected by 'taking pleasure in the world' and that in turn can enable us to have a long and happy life. We can take pleasure in many simple things, such as reading a book, walking in the countryside, feeling a warm breeze, admiring beautiful paintings, talking to a friend, listening to music or having a cup of tea.

One way to take pleasure in life is to write a daily journal and ask the questions: What am I enjoying about my life at present? What do I appreciate in my life at the moment? What have I learnt from today? What have I given out today? It can be exceptional or mundane. We might be grateful for intangible things such as having clarity of mind or that a friend wants our help. Or more concrete things like picking up a bargain. In my daily journal I have found: 1. Difficulties always pass 2. Most people have a good heart 3. It's the small things

What You'll Need

  • Yourself
  • A journal and pen

What You'll Do

  • Find a journal and pen
  • Start writing!
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