Love what you have before life teaches you to love what you lose
Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the pursuit of happiness. But the truth is that happiness can be found right where you are – in the people and things that are already present in your life.
1. Appreciate the people in your life
The people in our lives can have a huge impact on our happiness. When we focus on what they do for us, and show them how much we appreciate them in return, our relationships can be so much richer.
Appreciating your friends and loved ones doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Whether you want to give them a shout out at work, brag on them to your co-workers, or make a note in their lunch bag, showing them that they are appreciated can mean the world to them.
It can also be a great way to remind yourself of how privileged you are to have the people in your life. Putting other people’s needs equal to, or even before, your own can teach you to love what you have and help you find joy in the little things.
2. Find joy in the little things
Often, we expect happiness to come from the big things in life: a promotion at work, a new home, or a sizzling romance. But the truth is that joy can be found in the little things, like a wildflower, a cool breeze, sunshine, laughter, or a hug from a friend.
If you want to start finding joy in the little things, try pausing for a few moments each day to appreciate them. This can help you notice things you may have been taking for granted, like the sound of your children laughing, or the aroma of a fresh cup of coffee.
You can also find joy in the little things by seeking out new experiences. Learning a new skill, such as cooking or dancing, or exploring a different part of your city can bring unexpected happiness. Laughter can also be a source of joy, so seek out opportunities to share a good joke with others.
3. Express your gratitude regularly
Gratitude is more than just being polite; it’s an active practice that helps you notice good things in your life and feel appreciative of them. It’s an important part of mindfulness and can be a simple way to make positive changes in your life.
One way to practice gratitude is by writing in a daily journal about the things you’re grateful for. Writing about a few things you appreciate each day makes it more likely that you’ll actually notice and experience the benefits of being grateful.
Taking the time to express your gratitude can also help you feel more connected to others. For example, you can say “thank you” when someone does something nice for you or you can ask others what they are grateful for. Some people even make it a practice to say grace before meals to remind them of the blessings they’ve been given. You can also put your gratitude into action by helping others.