Big Smile by Kansir
If you’re a seeker like me, someone constantly looking for ideas to improve their life and overall happiness, this tip was made for you. Focusing your attention on the good things in your life is one of the best ways I have found to appreciate what you have, to find joy in your surroundings, and value the little delights we might otherwise overlook.
Just like it says in one of my favorite books “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” it’s important not to let small problems turn into big mountains. Being aware of everything around us means both the bad and the good. It’s the insignificant events of the day where we can find the most pleasure. Things like green lights on the way to work, hearing your favorite song on the radio, or even the peace and beauty of the stars when you take out the trash.
Of course it’s all too easy to pay attention to the problems we have. Television and radio constantly reiterate the world’s problems. Our spouses, siblings, coworkers and bosses feel it is their duty to remind you of the things you are doing wrong or need to improve on. But it’s so much more productive and energizing to put a stop to the snowball effect of constant complaints.
Instead use your urge to be unique and comment on how the raindrops sparkle like diamonds after the rain. Be grateful for the wide array of food available the next time you’re in the crowded grocery store. Notice the flower beds outside your office building before you step inside. You’ll feel better about the world around you, and odds are friends and family will be happier too.
Here are a few more ideas to help you focus on what’s right.
- Look out the window right now and write down five things that make you feel good.
- Keep a calendar filled with all the fun things you’ve done or plan to do this month.
- Put together your favorite songs, albums or artists. Keep them in your car, on your MP3 player or even on your phone for a quick boost.
- Write down 3 people who make you feel good and give one of them a call today.
- List the benefits of your job; money to spend, learning new skills, a fun coworker, or even just that it gets you out of the house.
- Notice how good it feels to wear your comfy “at home” clothes.
- When you pay your next bill, think about how many people don’t have access to computers, the Internet or even a simple phone to call loved ones. Don’t take your luxuries for granted.
- Count how many times in a week people smile at you or do something nice for you. You may be surprised at the results.
- Pick the one relationship in your life where you feel really accepted and appreciated for who you are. It could be your spouse, your mom or dad, your brother or sister, a coworker or your best friend. Give thanks for the people that love you.
- If work sucks, be thankful for your home. If home sucks, be glad you can escape to work. If you owe a lot, enjoy the things you own. If you don’t have much, be grateful to be clutter-free. There’s a bright side to everything if you look for it.