I’ve been listening to a lot of motivational audiobooks in my free time recently.
For the past decade or so, I have been deeply immersed with self-improvement and changing my entire mindset for a better life.
I know it sounds stupid, but I think that it really helps to listen to inspirational words throughout the difficult work day. A lot of the time, these recordings discuss a mindset of “lacking.” This is their term for growing up in a household without so many luxuries. Apparently, that causes long-term changes in your brain that often lead to negative neural changes. I’ve realized, I definitely have a mindset of lacking when it comes down to indoor air temperature control. When I truly stop and think about it, my childhood was defined by a complete and utter lack of indoor air temperature comfort. When I was growing up, we lived on a shoestring budget. My mom never wanted to pay more for our energy bills and she needed to. As such, she was obsessed with keeping the HVAC system turned down literally as low as she possibly could. In the middle of winter, we had to wear coats all the time to stay warm in the house without using the furnace. In the summer, we laid directly beneath fans because the air conditioning wasn’t ever running. As an adult, I am obsessed with using my indoor air temperature control appliances. I don’t go five minutes without adjusting my thermostat. If I am even slightly warm or cold, I am going to utilize my heating and cooling system as much as I want. Since I grew up with so little indoor comfort, I think I’ve become a bit obsessed with it as an adult. Thanks a lot, mom.