Simple Ways to Truly Enjoy the Little Things
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8 Ways to Start Enjoying the Little Things
Sometimes we set very high goals in our lives and we get frustrated when, in reality, what makes us happy is within our reach and not difficult to achieve.
There are people who wait their whole lives to be happy, thinking that if they reach great goals they will be. But that is not the reality, if it is your thought it is more than likely that you keep waiting for that happiness that never comes.
Remember that happiness is not a goal, but a path.
Learn to pay attention to small moments like the ones we will see below to enjoy full happiness every day.
1. Don't think of it as a cliché
You may have heard the advice to "enjoy the little things" so often that the words have become almost meaningless. But research suggests that this little phrase has big benefits behind it.
Taking the time to appreciate the pleasures that life brings, no matter how small, can promote satisfaction even when things don't go your way.
You might feel a little sad about being single, especially when friends start moving in with their partners, announce weddings, or have kids.
At the same time, you can feel a deep joy waking up in a bed of your own in a completely silent house, with a day where you can spend doing whatever you want.
2. Wake up 15 minutes earlier
If you're having trouble with the snooze button every morning, this tip may cause you to grumble, but go ahead and try it anyway.
If the idea doesn't bother you, give yourself an extra challenge by signing up 30 minutes earlier than usual.
You may feel a bit dizzy, but try to pay attention to sensations you don't normally have time to experience. The world often looks different in the morning, so head outside (or stand by an open window) for your favorite morning drink.
Instead of focusing on the negatives, like your dirty apartment complex or the trash in your neighbor's yard, look at the positives. Maybe it's the friendly cat coming to say hello, the crisp morning air, or the last rays of dawn in the clear sky.
Waking up earlier also means you don't have to run in the morning. Think of these 15 minutes as a gift to yourself: a way to start the day with satisfaction and calm.
3. Try gardening
Research from 2020 suggests that home gardening, particularly horticulture, can improve emotional well-being.
Watering the seedling and watching it grow into a flowering or fruiting plant can be immensely rewarding. If your plant produces something edible, you can relish your achievement by eating something you've grown yourself.
The evidence also suggests a more direct link between gardening and happiness.
4. Take a long walk
Walking is a low-key way to get out of your usual space and find pleasure in the natural world.
A walk can help relieve stress and promote positive emotions through instant mood boosters like sunshine and fresh air. You can also spark curiosity and creativity by looking at birds and plants you've never seen before.
If you have access to a large natural space, such as a park or wildlife preserve, great. But even a block with some pretty trees or some flowering weeds can do the job.
Observing your surroundings can help you keep your thoughts in the present and maximize your enjoyment of your walk. Try inviting a loved one to make it more enjoyable.
5. Call someone you love
In this digitally connected age, texting often overtakes traditional phone calls as the preferred method of communication.
Texting is certainly faster and more convenient. Phone calls that last a while can be a challenge when you have other things to do or don't like talking on the phone.
However, the voice of a loved one is a small pleasure that many people tend to ignore.
Try to set aside 10-15 minutes of your day to call a friend or family member. Hearing them laugh or tell an animated story can bring you joy that can't be compared to a text message, without a tone of voice.
Remember that you are not the only one taking advantage of the call. It will probably brighten your day too.
6. Bake something
People tend to rush through the act of eating, but food can bring a lot of joy to your daily life if you let it. Baking is one way to make your kitchen a happier place.
Baking is not just a way to produce delicious baked goods. It can also help ease anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health symptoms.
There's also a certain kind of magic involved in mixing ingredients together and seeing them take a completely different shape.
If you've ever kneaded the dough for too long or beaten eggs into ribbons, you know that baking can also become an exercise in mindfulness—another key to enjoying life's little moments as they happen.
With the internet teeming with recipes to satisfy any dietary need, why not give it a try? The act of baking can be rewarding in itself, but you can get a whole different kind of pleasure out of trying what you're doing.
7. Lose yourself in a book
If you like to read, you are probably aware of the pleasure of being absorbed in a fascinating story and making friends with new characters.
Or maybe you're a fan of nonfiction who appreciates facts, a humorous quote, or a well-reasoned argument.
Reading can excite and inspire. This can expose you to different perspectives and distract you from your concerns. Also, reading another person's account of heartbreak can renew your appreciation for your own life.
8. Go out to see the stars
Well, stars are pretty big things, not little ones. However, taking a few minutes at night to go outside and look up is a small action that can create a great sense of wonder and joy.
You don't have to be an astronomer to appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Look at all the constellations you recognize and try to find some new ones. If you can get to a remote location, look up at the southern sky to see the Milky Way.
Encouraging yourself to enjoy both the mundane and the exciting can enrich your life.
Instead of moving from one rewarding goal to another, look at life itself, and all the simple joys it has to offer, as a reward.
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