It’s so easy to get sucked in and focus on the things in your day that, well, suck. It’s when we get consumed by the bullshit, or what we feel is missing in our lives, that we lose sight of the little things that are good and that we need to be thankful for.
It’s time we change our perspective and focus on the small things that bring us happiness. Here are some tips on how to appreciate the little things in life.
1. Acknowledge What You are Thankful For.
Take five minutes out of your day to jot down three to five things that make you feel blessed from that day. At first, this may make you really scratch your head, but over time, you may notice how much easier it is to list things you are grateful for - you may even be able to list more and more every day. Anything from enjoying your morning cup of coffee, to having a hot shower after a long day counts. Looking for these little things will have a big impact on your happiness.
2. Exercise Mindfulness.
Celebrate the now. This means forgetting the past and avoiding being consumed about the future. Think about what you are doing now, and immerse yourself in the moment. We understand it can be hard when your day is jam packed with meetings and projects to complete, but there is still time to practice mindfulness. For example, when you are eating lunch, don’t multitask between bites. Make the effort to really taste what you are eating, instead of chowing down while answering emails. Pay attention to the flavours and textures without letting your mind wander to what’s next on your to-do list.
3. Create a Gratefulness Challenge with a Friend.
Create a challenge with a friend, and every day text each other one thing you are thankful for. This is a great way to keep connected, and stay on track for acknowledging the small things throughout your day.
4. Thank Others.
Giving compliments and words of thanks to others is a great way to feel and express gratefulness. Say ‘thank you’ to your colleague who offered to help you brainstorm ideas for your project, or to the friend that called you to catch up. It’s a simple thing to do, and a great way to openly be grateful towards others.