Do you feel like your phone is robbing you of something? I do. I feel like it is happening in a million little ways. Lately, I feel like the phone adds as much stress and anxiety as it once relieved.
About a year ago, I uninstalled the facebook messenger app from my phone. It don't miss it. Then I turned off notifications on a whole bunch of other apps. That felt better too. I don't miss the constant intrusions that were competing for my attention with my family and life. I'm constantly hunting for new ways to assert myself over the device. The more I change the dynamic with the phone, the better I feel. I feel like an addict that has to take many consistent and tiny steps before they regain a balance that allows them to make healthier choices. It is, and will continue to be, an ongoing battle.
"If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, its deadly."
Those aren't my words - they are actually the words of Daniele Quercia when he is slightly misquoting the words words of Paul Coelho. Take a look at this Ted Talk by Daniele about his happy maps and how we might live in a world fabricated for efficiency.
If you would like to be part of Daniel's research, head over to Urbabgems.org where you can weigh in on what you think is appealing (or not) and help to create a better understanding of where we collectively find joy and beauty.
Also - check out these - Shortest paths to happiness (in Berlin, London, Boston, Torino, Italy)
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