Practice Your “Contemptuous Expressions.”

Contempt seems like a weird emotion to start your day with. But we give you Marcus Aurelius who once wrote:

“Like seeing roasted meat and other dishes in front of you and suddenly realizing: This is a dead fish. A dead bird. A dead pig. Perceptions like that—latching onto things and piercing through them, so we see what they really are. That’s what we need to do all the time.”

Don’t get distracted during the day by the trappings our society puts on things. Expensive food is still dead plants and animals. Fancy clothes are made in sweatshops by children. Rich people still go to the bathroom like everyone else. Strip things, as Marcus Aurelius also wrote, of the legend that encrusts them.

Go through your day with objectivity and see things as they are.