What Compound Interest & Ayurveda Have in Common: An Ode to the Value of Little, Little

You may remember that my last post spoke to the unsung benefits and beauty of consistency.

In that vein, today’s post is an ode to the value of the (seemingly) little.

I spent the last 5 days immersed in the study of Ayurveda which, as some of you know, is the system of traditional medicine in India.

As is the case whenever I encounter new, beneficial ideas my desire is to implement them immediately and entirely.

I’m an all-in kind of gal.

Then I remembered something our teacher kept reminding us of all weekend:

“Little, little…”

In other words, start small. Small changes build up over time – and tend to stick.

(“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is an excellent movie title, it’s not a formula for lasting change.)

So today’s post is a reminder that, like compound interest, small changes you make each day build up and, as Coleridge reminds us, below, have the potential to make us not only healthier, but happier:

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions,—the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment.”

—Samuel Coleridge


For more on the value of the (seemingly) small, look at “Small Investments = Big Returns”