Happiness Practice - December 7, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week! 

Between the nice weather this week and the time I spent in Japan at the end of November, I'm remembering how much I like to walk. I spent most of every day in Japan on my feet, just exploring areas and wandering around Tokyo and going for walks to see what I could turn up, and it was such a good reminder of how happy walking makes me. It always helps me to relax and pick through anything that's on my mind, and it definitely has some knock-on effects to my mood carrying forward - I've noticed that when I'm moving more, my mood is better overall, and walking alone can be enough to accomplish that. I try to make a point of getting out of my office at lunch every day, even if it's just for a few minutes around the block, and I look for places I can get a little more time in when I can. It's really worth it for me and I feel a lot better when I do, and I need to make it more of a priority. 

Another thing making me happy this week is The Forest Hymn & Picnic, a cute RPG more or less styled off of Over the Garden Wall. You mostly play animal characters and the adventures, which are euphemistically called "picnics" in the game, are more or less combat-free jaunts in a world that our excellent DM has sculpted to be really enchanting and pleasant. I've rolled up a huge orange tabby named the Duchess and it's been a delight to putter around in this world. It's been interesting to play something a little less goal-oriented and that feels more like falling into an episode of a kid's show. I do love regular-flavour D&D, with swords and spells and motivations, but it's been a nice change to play something where I don't have to ask myself, "why would my character do this?". It was Kickstarted a little while ago, so I'm not sure if you can find it around now, but if it sounds interesting to you it's worth looking up!  

And now, what about you? What's making you happy this week? 


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