Have you ever tried waking up late and yet you still managed to reach your work or school on time? What about unexpectedly finding a small amount of money from your jeans? Little things like these in our lives may complete our day or lighten up our mood. When we appreciate the little things in our lives we focus our attention on the pleasurable and sustaining events in our lives and disregard those events that are negative, annoying, hurtful, disappointing. This means we consider those everyday things that are easy to take for granted or miss altogether. Although negative events are inevitable, having a grateful mind and personality may still help or keep you away from depression and other unpleasant feelings.
Often, it is the people close to our lives who are the main reason for bringing those little rays of sunshine into our days – yet it is also easy to take them for granted. We can show our appreciation and gratitude through little gestures of our own. A simple text or an actual phone call to our parents, friends, or colleagues is one way to pay it forward and generally become a more conscientious person.
Positive feelings or emotions have been shown to be linked to a good physical health. According to research, people who experience positive emotions are likely to live longer, have a better immune functioning, and recover more effectively from treatment. It is said that when we experience positive emotions, we are capable of thinking and behaving more creatively and flexibly compared to situations when we experience negative ones. Also, resilient individuals who experience positive emotions tend to use these emotions to help them recover from difficult situations.
There are many things that we can do to enhance the presence of positive emotions for us. Here, I will be sharing to you three ideas that you might like to try or develop in order to appreciate the little things in life.
First, one must try to keep a ‘gratitude journal’. Every day, you can spend at least fifteen minutes of your time by writing down at least three things that you are grateful for. It is a great way to boost one’s appreciation for the little things in life as well as the big things, too.
Next, you should, at least, celebrate those little things. We often celebrate the big moments in our lives such as birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc. Why not try to give yourself the permission to celebrate the little things, too? How about giving your colleague or team-members in your job some gold star tokens whenever he or she completes a challenging task? Also, why not try taking a friend or loved one on a walk once the sun finally appears after a week of bad weather? Most of all, pamper yourself after getting through a tedious task.
Finally, you should try to slow down and enjoy. Try to keep some remembrance of the experience you had to prompt your memory later on. Also, engage into a positive experience as fully as you can. Most importantly, share the experience with others either as it happens or by reminiscing later on.
Always remember that the greatest thing we can do is to take the time to focus on and be grateful for all those little things and remind ourselves how important those things are in the big picture of our lives.