I think that this level of comfort that I have with myself stems from being an only child. I learned how to have fun on my own when friends and family were too busy to hang out with me, which wasn’t often. Yet I discovered that when my independence leads me to discover or learn something new, I feel a greater sense of gratification than I do when I’m with others. Maybe that’s related to the fact that I’m more of an introvert or maybe it’s because I have a sense of dispositional gratitude* that makes me more present-minded and susceptible to appreciation over the little things in life. I haven’t figured that one out.
Regardless, my desire to have one on one time with myself to enjoy the city I live in has many benefits beyond a greater sense of gratification and discovery. One of the many benefits being my propensity to share those experiences with the people in my life, such as Claire and you guys, the readers of our blog.
But what happens when say, I have a cold or painful cramps or I just feel lazy? How can I treat myself? That was the question I have been turning over in my head this week and I think I found the solution in candles. They create a nice aromatherapeutic ambiance that can be rather calming. These past few days, I’ve been burning a mix of warm comforting scents, like balsa wood and cedar, and fresh, clean ones, such as french lavender and vanilla, to make an ordinary day feel a bit special.
What’s your favorite candle to burn? I’m currently looking for a new one to add to my collection. The candle pictured above is a Prosperity Candle, which is a social enterprise that invests in women entrepreneurs who have recently resettled from refugee camps in the United States. All the candles are made with natural ingredients, including American grown soy, and are vegan and kosher certified. It is available for purchase from The Little Market.
P.S. Here's an interesting article that discusses the idea of dispositional gratitude.
// Photo via The Little Market
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