I’ve mentioned before the benefits of Cognitive Exercise. It’s important to regularly (1) appreciate where you’ve been, (2) enjoy where you are, and (3) look forward to where you’re going. While many traditional meditation techniques require you to put aside fifteen or more minutes of your life to maximize the benefits, I find it just as important to live a lifestyle that nudges you to do these things during your everyday activities.
A service I started using a few months ago, called Timehop, has been a great tool for nudging me to appreciating my past more often. Every day, it sends you a short email with what you were doing exactly a year ago. Information is collected from your social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and LinkedIn.
During the process of deleting my emails daily, I find myself quickly scanning my Timehop emails. Even a split second of remembering what I was doing brings me a sense of calm and an appreciation for all that I’ve accomplished since then.
Today, I was sent three photos from a New Years party exactly a year ago. This was the first time I partied with my friend Alden, who I’m working with now on EntertainLA. It’s been a great year, let’s make the next one better.
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