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In terms of daily happiness

This article really nails it: Treat Yourself Like a Toddler (from The Happiness Project)

Why do we make considerations for children? Because their lives (and, by extension, ours) go much more smoothly if we do. Why don’t we give ourselves this same consideration?

  • I require at least 7 hours of sleep or I get cranky. Less than 5 and I wind up taking a nap in the evening, which messes up my sleep schedule for the rest of the week.

This one’s obviously pre-pregnancy. Now, I can sleep anytime, anywhere. Two naps a day, and I can still sleep 12 hours that night. I did that last night, in fact.

  • I require at least 2 hours of downtime in the evening – preferably more. If that downtime doesn’t start until 11 p.m., I’ll violate the above requirement.
  • I must eat every 4 hours – good, nutritious food. (Shorten that to 2 hours for pregnancy.) I also require a beverage in my hand constantly. (So reasonably clean, readily available bathrooms are also a must.)
  • I need breaks from people, particularly on weeknights. I get crabby when R has guests over past my bedtime.
  • I am happiest in a clean, uncluttered space. Messy areas and rooms crammed with things overwhelm me and make me generally nervous. (We’re working on this one.)
  • I must always have a book to read. If I don’t read before bed, I don’t sleep well.
  • My phone must be charged at all times, so I can check email when I get a free moment. I get cranky when I feel that I’m wasting time. (Lately, I’ve wasted a lot of time in waiting rooms.)
  • I must have tea in the morning. Not for the caffeine – I gave that up. But I still require a hot beverage to kick-start me.

I’d do well to keep these things in mind, and be as considerate of myself as I would be a small child. Small unhappinesses chip away at larger happinesses.



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