You know, that tiny little indulgence that you love but feel embarrassed about? The one you feel that little twinge of guilt over? What if you stopped beating yourself up about it? What would happen to your overall level of happiness?
During my year of focusing on contentment, I decided I was no longer going to feel guilty for things that make me happy. I mean, truly make me happy. It’s important to distinguish from things that feel good in the moment but, in reality, drain your happiness. But a lot of times, little guilty pleasures are relatively harmless when indulged in only occasionally.
Giving up my guilt over these four small indulgences has been liberating. It frees up space in my brain and heart for healthier and more important thoughts and emotions.