MHNJ #6: Will This Make Me Happy?

June 2, 2014 in Mental Health no Jutsu


Roo spent a lot of time trying to decide what the first MHNJ should be after the couple month hiatus. We have a lot of things in the works, but none of them felt right- or they would take too much effort, or any number of other excuses.

And one day on the way home he was talking to a friend on kik and complaining about how he wanted to go get a philly cheesesteak sandwich but it was late and not exactly on the way home, and his friend asked one really frustratingly simple question.

“Would it make you happy?”

And the answer- the honest answer, no matter how delicious Suzie Burger makes their sandwiches, was “No.”

And this reminded Roo of a thing that he had done a few years ago and really, really liked.

Here’s how this works:

We want you to write “Will This Make Me Happy?” on something. A piece of paper, a whiteboard- anywhere that makes sense. (Bonus Points if it is somewhere that you will see it often!)

Then, Take a picture of it. Preferably with your phone, because that’ll be fastest, but a webcam or a Real, Fancy Camera will also work.

Now, set it as your Lock Screen. Or your computer/phone wallpaper. Or print it out and hang it on a bulletin board near your desk- wherever works for you, but, again, preferably somewhere you’ll see it often, or somewhere that you tend to be when you are making decisions.

What this is trying to achieve:

The goal here is not immediate happiness, necessarily. The goal is to make you be honest with yourself when making decisions. Especially small ones that can have big, out of proportion consequences, like hamburgers or commenting on a YouTube video.

Asking “Will this make me happy?” will hopefully do the following two things:

1: Make you consider if the thing you are about to do is something you actually want to be doing right now.

2: Make you wonder about the long-term effects of a thing you are deciding on.

And hopefully, it will help you make better decisions.

We really like to see participation, but we understand that the MHNJ projects can be sort of personal! If you feel like sharing your Note To Self, you can post a picture in the comments. If you have a tumblr or a twitter, you can share it with us there! We are on twitter @tixnroo and our tumblr tags are #mhnj #mental health no jutsu, and #TixnRoo