A Case for Easy  

February 2017
By Rill Hodari

I know that there is a saying “Nothing worthwhile comes easy.” However, I’d like to counter this argument and state that I think there is much to be valued in an easy lifestyle. I think humans are creatures of habit and having come from a history of struggle and Darwinistic hardship, we might just overvalue strife and struggle as our collective psychological baggage. These days a lot of technological and economic advancement makes most of our struggles obstacles of our own creation and not a necessity. A lot of our difficulties are simply inefficient dysfunctions. I think we can actually achieve, be fulfilled, and live worthwhile lives of ease and here is why.



1.  Easy Is Good For Mental Health


Many sports coaches emphasize the detrimental effects of stress on their players’ performance.  Coaches try to keep their athletes loose and relaxed in order to sabotaging affects of fear.  As in meditation, a mentality of ease gives access to our fullest potential.



2.  Easy Is Good For Physical Health


More than a few medical studies have reported on the negative influence stress has on our bodies.  The very word “disease” implies the mind-body connection that implies a lack of ease may cause physical illness.  Stress or strain can also hamper healing.  Ease on the other hand, and sleep, in particular, can be particularly healing.  So contrary to the idea that easy is lazy, there is real positive work being done in the state of ease, whether we recognize it or not.



3.  Easy Tasks Make Room For Perfecting Details


Consider what it is like doing something you have done repeatedly with ease.  Often your movements are quick and fluid.  If you have a good amount of expertise, even mistakes or unforeseen obstacles can be easily overcome because you know the parameters of the task dynamic and alternative solutions.  In this comfortable setting, you can begin to focus on making sure the details in the tasks are double checked and perfected because the broad strokes are resolved with ease.



4.  Easy Makes Room For Innovation and Advancement


When a task is easy for you, you probably fully comprehend it and therefore can ideate on ways that can improve its performance.  You may be able to extend the task parameters to accomplish a broader scope of a process or deconstruct or streamline it to possibly minimize or eliminate it from a process for cost and/or time savings.  In either case, because the task was easy and understandable, you’re able to perceive a bigger picture than just the task itself.



5.  Easy Makes Room for Happiness


The uncertainty and pressure of performing a difficult task without failing can suck the enjoyment out of any learning experience.  On the other hand, an unfamiliar but an easy task can give a sense of achievement and encourage repeat engagement in the task.  Learning a new skill through a series of easy but slightly more complex tasks can bring a little bit of happiness to professional and personal development.  So embrace what is easy and happiness may follow.



6.  Easy Respects Personal Boundaries


I happen to believe that if everyone’s work entailed a good amount of tasks they performed with ease, then work-life balance would not be such an issue.  I realize quantity of tasks is also a big influence on how long we work each day but that is a question of role definition as opposed to ease.  I assert that the inefficiencies of difficulty can creep from our professional lives into our personal lives.  That is why when I started this blog, I decided that I would just write about what I wanted and this would give it an sense of authenticity and ease.  As a result, producing a monthly article has not only delivered a little bit of happiness , but has been relatively easy.





Rill Hodari is the Founder of a little bit of happiness LLC and www.alittlebitofhappiness.com , the first and only on-demand discounting site.  For more information you can visit: