Today we ask that you do something because it makes you feel good.
This should be your only goal, your only motivation.
Whatever it is, it should not be “productive.” It should not be “responsible.” It should not be something virtuous. It should not be about self-improvement.
Just do something that you know will make you feel good, and is fun!
And be very honest about that. Yes, eating a bunch of doughnuts may be gratifying in the moment, but in all likelihood it will not make you “feel good” — not really.
If you enjoy singing, sing. If you enjoy dancing, dance. If you want to curl up with a good book, go for it. If you want to listen to music that makes you feel good, listen away. If you want to watch a film or TV show that makes you feel good, watch away.
We know that you are very busy. But all of you can take five minutes out of your day to do something that has no other purpose than to make you feel good and light.
Taking time to do something just because it makes you feel good is like opening the curtains in a dark room and letting light in. It’s throwing open the window to let in the fresh air. It does so much good for your mind and body.
And please — don’t feel guilty when you do something just for you, because it makes you feel good. What you are doing in those moments is purely good.
When you see a happy child at play, don’t you feel good? You probably don’t think: “That child shouldn’t be so happy! That child should feel guilty!” (And if you do, all the more reason for you to lighten up — for your own good, and everyone else’s.)
You are as lovely and lovable as any child. When you are happy and playful, it brings joy to the universe itself. So please don’t feel guilty. And if you do feel guilt — notice that. Ask yourself: what’s that all about?
Doing something because it lifts you up and makes you feel good is truly the best reason to do anything.