This post is part of the Sparking Zing series: I came across a list online of “things to do to feel happy”. My life has become an exploration of what it means to be happy so this list formed the perfect basis for a very-very-scientific experiment. I’m trying each of the suggestions on the list to assess how each of them impacts my happiness levels. (Hereon referred to as Sparking Zing). If you’d like a visual accompaniment, you can also follow along with my journey as I document it on my Instagram stories here.
Sparking Zing Experiment Four: Take yourself on a date.
Here is a list of a few of my favourite things: my own company, yummy food, and having someone else cook said yummy food. So when my next challenge was revealed – take yourself out on a date – I was enthusiastic. Being contractually obliged to go out for a meal where I don’t have to cook and also don’t have to speak to anyone else? Enthusiasm abounds.
A brilliant part of taking yourself out on a date is that you can go at whatever time you want and 100% of the attendees of the date are happy about it. With this in mind, I took myself to a cute pub for a 5pm dinner.
It happened to be Father’s Day so I was the only person at the pub that was neither a father, nor with their father. This undoubtedly made me look like a tragic heroine shrouded in a cloak of mystery. Or like a right lonely saddo.
I started off by reading my book over a glass of wine, until I realised that the table next to me was having a juicy convo so I dedicated the next half hour to eavesdropping. Let me tell ya, eavesdropping on a stranger’s gossip whilst sipping a crisp beverage is one of life’s great joys.
And the positives didn’t stop there. I had a cracking plate of nachos and because I’d gone out for the pensioner’s sitting, I was home and in my pyjamas by 7:30pm.
All in all, I had a lovely time.
Very-very-scientific findings: Success!! Will do again.