Do you have any "broken windows" in your life?
* Water all over the bathroom counter
* Unfolded blankets on the couch
* Piles of laundry strewn about
* Messy kitchen/dishes piling up
Here are some of my broken windows:
Gretchen's post details the "broken windows" that make her unhappy. When these things aren't handled, she feels overwhelmed. This really resonated with me - I have noticed that sometimes I'll be in a bad mood, just all out of sorts, for no apparent reason, and if I spend half an hour straightening up my living space, I feel 100% better.
A while ago, Gretchen Rubin posted about her "broken windows" of happiness.The Broken Windows Theory came to my attention about a decade ago, I believe in a book by Malcolm Gladwell. It posits that minor crimes like subway fare dodging, graffiti, or broken windows make way for larger crimes like robbery, rape, and assault because it seems as if no one cares about the neighborhood. Think about it: if someone bothers to fix broken windows, they'll bother to make other things nice and safe, too.
* A list of phone calls to be made
* A dirty car, inside or out
If I can keep these things under control, the rest of my life seems like it's okay, even if the bigger things aren't getting done.