Sunday 22 April 2018

Happiness upgrade… Discover the joy of missing out

Marianne Power

This weekend I will be doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. Well, I may watch a bit of television, and depending on the weather go for a walk. But other than that there will be no cool parties, no new restaurants, no crazy hobbies and I am very happy with that. FOMO - or fear of missing out - is a term that came to be in the Facebook world where we're forever looking at people's holiday pictures and nights out and thinking, "Why am I not doing that?". A niggle starts in your tummy, one that says, "I'm a loser, I don't do anything. I should be out there, being exciting. I should go to that comedy club, or start Zumba…"

This little niggle is not fun and can eat away at you. It's the niggle that makes you get in the car and go to things you don't want to go to, spend money on nights out you know that you won't enjoy. But I have good news, another acronym has been invented which sums up the opposite: JOMO, the joy of missing out.

JOMO happens when you know yourself well enough to know what you do and don't want to do - and feel peace with that.

JOMO is when you are quite happy to say that the highlight of your weekend was a takeaway...

* Marianne Power is the author of

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