Jenny Odell on how to pay attention : Life KitWhen you're in a familiar place, it's easy to go on autopilot and fail to notice the small joys that surround you. Artist and author Jenny Odell shares tips on how to pay attention to and appreciate what's right in front of you.

How paying attention can help you appreciate what's right in front of you

How paying attention can help you appreciate what's right in front of you

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This comic, written and illustrated by Connie Hanzhang Jin, is inspired by a Life Kit episode featuring Jenny Odell and hosted by Andrew Limbong. You can listen to the audio at the top of this page.

You know when you go on vacation and you notice every little detail about the place you're visiting? The statues! The billboards! The flowers bursting through the cracks in the sidewalk!

Humans pretty much do the opposite of that when they're in a familiar setting, going on autopilot and failing to notice the small delights of home. It doesn't have to be that way. Artist and author Jenny Odell shares tips on how to practice paying attention and appreciate what's right in front of you.

 
 
 
 

Editor's note: This conversation has been slightly edited for clarity.

This episode of Life Kit was produced by Andee Tagle. This comic was edited by Beck Harlan.

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