My last month

My last month

“It is not what happens to us but how we view it that matters” – as cliche as this statement sounds, there is also a grain of truth in it. How we view our circumstances from the perspective of time, makes a big difference to us.

Try this:

  • Imagine you are soon moving away from home and our loved ones. Try to live the next four weeks, as if it were your last month before moving away.

If you are like the majority of people, you will start enjoying your life more by engaging in fun and personally meaningful activities that are bound to boost your wellbeing.

  • If you are a student, write for 20 min or chat with someone about your college life and reflect on how little time you have left to your graduation.

When this experiment was carried out with college students, they started to engage in such activities as spending more time with friends, taking a scenic route to class, going to their favourite restaurants and taking more pictures on their campus. All this resulted in enhanced wellbeing.

Adaptation:

  • regardless of what day of the week it is, reflect on how little time you have left to the weekend. Hopefully, this will allow you to engage in more personally-meaningful activities throughout the day.

References

Kurtz, J.L. (2008). Looking to the Future to Appreciate the Present: The Benefits of Perceived Temporal Scarcity. Psychological Science, 19(12), 1238-1241.

Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want. Penguin.