How to Live a Little Better

It may seem strange for someone who writes a blog called Happy Simple, but happiness is and always has been a challenge for me. Depression and anxiety have been my companions since early childhood, helpfully pointing out how everything is terrible and how it can all get grievously worse.

Fortunately, I was also born with a core of stubbornness that has allowed me to find my way in a world so eager to tell me who to be.

In the interests of helping us all to get through another year where everything is terrible and in danger of getting worse, I thought I’d share what works for me.

So, in no particular order, and with no pressure for you to do any or all of it, I suggest:

Take a nap.

Stop shopping.


Look your barista in the eye and ask, “How are you?” Listen to their answer.

Read books. Like, with actual paper pages and covers and stuff.

Go to bed an hour earlier. Then another hour earlier.

Darn your socks.

Say I Love You.

Give: money, time, attention.

Whenever you can, get outside.

Don’t be afraid to live a smaller life – you’re missing out on nothing.

Make love.

Find the wonder where you are.


Feed hungry people – food, ideas, love.

Embrace silence.

Wherever you are, however you are, I hope this helps.

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5 Responses to How to Live a Little Better

  1. Heidi Ruttinger says:

    Always appreciate your take on things, Barb, and am in awe of how you so gently reveal yourself. Your first two paragraphs resonate wholly with me. September 1st means a little more every time I read you!

  2. Catherine says:

    Truer words… saving this to come back to, often! Thank you!

  3. Margaret says:

    Thank you, Barb, I needed that! Love you!

  4. Kim says:

    Thank you, Barb, this is perfect! Whenever I see your post notification in my inbox, my day feels a little brighter already xx

  5. I’ve mentioned doing my mala beads three times a day as a meditation practice. This beautiful list has given me a month and more of mantras to work with, my beautiful sister. Thank you, you fine, fine soul….

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