It’s easy to slip into the habit of focusing on the negative things in life. Most of the time, we tend to subconsciously describe our days through the annoying, frustrating, or sad things that happen to us. Allow yourself to unwind and appreciate the little things in your day.
Over the past week, I have put together a small list of things that I am learning to appreciate more often.
- The barista at Seattle coffee, on Kingfisher drive, was super friendly and spoke to me with the enthusiasm of someone who had not already made approximately 50 Grande cappuccinos by the time I had spoken to her.
- My dogs who, irrespective of whether I left the house for 10 minutes or for 10 hours, are always excited to see me.
- The most spectacular sunsets. The sky seems to be showing off recently and I am all for it.
- Journaling. Unlocking your creative side, when you are feeling stressed, can be unbelievably therapeutic.
- Sunday lunch. Roast pork with crackling is always something to be grateful for.
- Rainbows. I got out of bed this morning and the sunlight was shining through my window at the perfect angle.
- My colleagues. On a day that going to work was the last thing I felt like doing, they made me laugh until my stomach hurt.
- Cooking dinner for my family. I don’t do it often but when I do, I love missioning around the kitchen by myself (even if I’m not necessarily cooking a Masterchef worthy dish).
- Listening to music unnecessarily loud when I’m driving alone in my car (and singing along equally as loud, if not louder).
- Smiling at strangers and they smile back. It feels good to be acknowledged sometimes and you could possibly make someone’s day marginally better with one smile.
Here is a photo of the little rainbow that graced me with its presence today.
All in all, being grateful for the little things can change your day from terrible to at least manageable. It’s impossible to have amazing days all the time but we have the opportunity to appreciate the little things in life and adopt an attitude of gratitude.
Let us be kind to one another and spread some positivity within our community.
Image retrieved from Brenden Mulligan.