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An easy way to find joy in the mundane

😋 Today’s tip: Treat yourself to a favorite spread at the store.

Have you ever been transported to a happy memory just by taking a bite of something delicious? Medium iOS engineer Alaina Kafkes has: She writes on Medium about remembering the transcendent deliciousness of a bagel with peanut butter she once had before a bike ride. Something about that snack at that moment caused her to “experience the utter joy of finding quintessence in the quotidian.” She goes on to write about all the different nut butters she’s enjoyed over the years, noting, “what I like most about these memories lies in their surprise transcendence. Nut butter is something I consume almost every day, so I feel taken aback when the mundane morphs into the marvelous.”

Today, pick up a jar of something simple yet tasty that you have good associations with, whether that’s the olive tapenade you once had at an elegant dinner party, or the store-bought Skippy you loved as a kid. Spread it on the perfect piece of toast. And take a moment to let the mundane morph into the marvelous.

🍲 More from Forge on food:

Start Every Day With a Lunch Plan

Embrace the Lawlessness of Quarantine Eating

In Stressful Times, Don’t Forget to Eat

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