Let’s face it: We seldom stop, there’s not enough time for everything. School, jobs, family, relationships, even hobbies. It’s all a kaleidoscope, so many things happening at once, creating intricate patterns.
We are too immersed in the goings-on, into getting to that point of “If I make X savings in X months, I’ll be able to pay for that house”. Sometimes, our upbringing, character and ambitions turn us into ungrateful bastards.
If you prefer more scientific kind of talk, thankfulness lowers the amount of stress hormones like cortisol, which means your blood vessels will remain healthy for longer. Being grateful helps to see what others appreciate, too.
So maybe, just maybe, it’s worth to try and live, at least look at, the present. At the right-now moments.
#1. Appreciate smaller things
The mantra of “Be positive!” surely is annoying and condescending. “You’ll learn”. “You just don’t see it yet”. But no one wants to delve deeper into your hectic life, your stresses, your regrets and anger and frustration. Who can do it better than you? No one, that’s who. Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is to stop. Look around. And appreciate. Let some serenity into your life, bit by bit. Wake up earlier, watch the sunrise. You’ll learn. You just don’t see it - yet.
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#2. Adjust the difficulty level
Yes, life is a struggle, but that’s a given. It’s not a competition on who’s got it harder, or who can achieve their goals on maximum difficulty. Try to see beautiful things through your battle mode armour.
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#3. Have patience for the things you don’t like
Learn that yours isn’t the only opinion that should matter and can be correct. Learn that there is beauty in pain and grief. There’s wisdom in unexpected idiocy. You’ll move on regardless, but don’t plunge ahead too soon, at least try not to. Thankfulness stems from knowing what you’ve been through and what you’ve come to.
4. Get a second wind
If you are used to something in your life, you must realize it is still not a given. Appreciate the beauty of people and things that you see and interact with on a daily basis. Their beauty and value are not diminished by the fact that you’re used to them.
#5. Love yourself
We don’t mean in as an excuse to do nothing at all, but as a means of appreciating yourself and your achievements. A missed opportunity? Well, a bummer, but that’s it. There will be others, and you’ve had others - and realized them. Appreciate your journey.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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