Happiness and the 2 Minute Miracle

Last week we talked about how the 3 Box Method for decluttering your home can work for your mind as well. But regardless of what you’re tidying, doing a big clean-up like that isn’t enough since you don’t want to wait until you’re overwhelmed to take action. Maintenance is key. One quick tip I call the 2 Minute Miracle can help keep clutter from getting out of hand. Pick two minutes every day to clean up. Maybe it’s right when you get up in the morning, or as soon as you walk in the door from work, or immediately after dinner. Spend two minutes tackling some mess. You’d be surprised what you can get clean in a couple of minutes! In the same vein, you’d be surprised what a two minute phone call can do for a friendship. What two minutes of soothing can do for a tantrumming preschooler on a Monday morning. What two minutes of diaphragmatic breathing or mindfulness can do for your stress level. What two minutes of really solid empathizing can do for your relationship. Even if you’re in a rush to get to work or catch a movie, consider giving two minutes of your time to maintain these other really important areas of life. If you’re like most of us, you have a lot to gain and little to lose.