Jook, a.k.a Korean rice porridge

Three Good Things: Jook, FEELING GOOD, and blogging

Been a while since I posted three good things. Today felt like a good day to exercise that muscle again. So here we go:

Jook, a.k.a Korean rice porridge

ONE: Jook.

One of the easiest and most comforting meals I know how to make is jook, a.k.a. Korean rice porridge. The only ingredients are chicken, water, garlic, rice, salt, and whatever garnish you feel like adding. So simple, but it always makes me feel about three times better. I’m making some even as we speak, and just the smell is already shifting my world in the right direction.

Feeling Good by David Burns

TWO: Feeling Good by Dr. David D. Burns.

October 10 is World Mental Heath Day. So here’s a plug for Feeling Good, an incredibly practical introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy, which has absolutely helped me feel good from time to time. The book was originally written in 1980, so the social context of some of the scenarios may feel a bit dated. But I’ve found it to be hugely helpful and I’m deeply grateful for it.

Full disclosure: the link above will take you to a page – if you buy the book there, I’ll get a small affiliate fee.

TWO: Blogging.

I spent more time today than I care to admit fiddling with this site to update the way menus and navigation work, and it’s reminded me all over again about how much I value having an actual independent personal website in these days of ephemeral (and often destructive) social media. I’ll probably write about this in more detail later, but posting on a blog feels a bit like shooting analog film to me these days — a conscious, deliberate way of slowing down to appreciate the process of creation and maybe make something lovely. Feels good!