10 Things I Don’t Always Feel Like Doing, But I Never Regret Having Done

1. Flossing
2. Going to the gym
3. Eating fruit
4. Playing catch with my kid
5. Writing back
6. Showing up on time
7. Reading Thomas Mann
8. Blogging
9. Saying thank you
10. Having sex

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8 Responses to 10 Things I Don’t Always Feel Like Doing, But I Never Regret Having Done

  1. I am happy to read that the writings of Thomas Mann also provide so much enjoyment to othr readers. I have just finished “Bekentnisses des Hochstaplers Felix Krull” and almost every sentence is a linguistic masterpiece. When I read “Zauberberg”, I read it deliberately slow, stretching the experience over almost two years and only reading when I was in the perfec mood and could enjoy a cigar with it. It was wonderful. As soon as I had finished, I wanted to start again.

    “Doktor Faustus” is the only one I could not finish, because it included too many details about music.

  2. The general principle here is probably akrasia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akrasia

    Akrasia is the state of doing something other than what you genuinely want to be doing, which happens because humans over-weight immediate consequences.

    Though I’m not sure how to square that with an example like playing catch. Maybe just inertia? Like you don’t feel like making the transition but once you do you’re glad you did.

  3. Jessie K says:

    11. Participating in a share circle at a ladies yoga workshop

  4. ManWifeDog says:

    Love this list!! Thinking of writing one for my blog too. Also wanted to share with you that I blogged about your book and how I pre-ordered it. ; – )


  5. Lenore says:

    Getting up in the morning.

  6. Jessica says:

    Love it :) This makes me think about Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, which I’m doing right now. Most of the things I’m focusing on fall into her category of “feeling right”–things like flossing, that don’t necessarily make feel good, or which wouldn’t necessarily make me feel bad not to do, but which I feel better for having done regardless.

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