Emptying the dishwasher late at night does not make me very happy. I’m tired. But I do it, night after night, because when I wake up to a clean kitchen and an empty dishwasher, I feel so happy.
“I’m investing in future happiness!” I call out to the family. I’m picking up toys, straightening pillows, and organizing for the next day.
I realize that when I don’t want to do something (exercise, cleaning), it’s because the payoff often comes later and not right now. But right now isn’t always the most important thing.
I have to remember that living with flair means we learn to invest in future happiness too.
How do you invest in future happiness?
How true! I do the same thing, and while I never enjoy late in the evening cleaning it always makes me feel amazing when I wake up and realize I don't have to do it all then!
I remember to “wash my bowl.” getting my food bowls and cup done and clean for the next meal is a rewarding ritual.