Just before the end of 2017 I was listening to CBC’s Tapestry where they were highlighting the best broadcasts of the year. One of the features was an interview with Chade-Meng Tan, a former award-winning engineer who worked at Google. And listen to this – his official job title there was Jolly Good Fellow (Which Nobody Can Deny)!
Chade-Meng has since moved on from Google and has become a leader in the mindfulness movement. In the interview he described several simply but incredibly effective techniques to experience more happiness and wonder in life. The one that struck me the most was his “Thin Slices of Joy” exercise.
It only takes 3 seconds!
Here’s how to do it. Begin to simply notice unremarkable events. Like taking a sip of water. Notice what it feels like. Likely it isn’t a huge positive reaction, but it probably feels nice. Savour that feeling just for a moment. And now, keep noticing these pleasurable moments – stepping into a warm shower, the first taste of a favourite food, stretching your body, seeing someone that you care about. And while on their own each noticing seems almost insignificant, with awareness these ‘thin slices of joy’ begin to add up.
Chade-Meng says, “thin slices of joy occur in life everywhere… and once you start noticing it, something happens, you find it’s always there. Joy becomes something you can count on.
When we repeat behaviours, new neural pathways are formed that rewire the brain. The more you notice joy in the small things, the more joy you will experience in your life.  Pretty fantastic stuff. I’m in!
love & pranams,