Life can be hectic and fast-paced, with many demands and distractions that can take our focus away from the present moment. We often focus on significant events or accomplishments, such as promotions, vacations, or milestones, and we must remember to appreciate the simple pleasures right before us. So today, let’s explore the benefits of enjoying the small things, such as not getting stuck in traffic, finding a $5 bill in your coat pocket, and sunshine.
Research shows gratitude isn’t just a pleasant feeling—being grateful can also support greater health, happiness, and wisdom in ourselves and our communities.
How often have we been on our way to work or an appointment and appreciated NOT being stuck in traffic? I’ve spent a lot of time frustrated and stressed out because I’m stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on my way to work or an appointment. It can be easy to let this frustration ruin our entire day. But, conversely, taking a step back and appreciating that we are NOT stuck in traffic can make a huge difference. If we focus on the positive, we will arrive at our destination feeling calm, collected, and thankful. This can help us be more productive and focused throughout the day, leading to better outcomes in our personal and professional lives. What gift of time were you able to appreciate today?
Another small thing that can bring us joy is finding unexpected money. It could be a $5 bill in your coat pocket or a coin on the ground. Finding unexpected money can feel like a small win or a stroke of good luck. We may feel a sense of excitement and gratitude, which can boost our mood and energy. Finding unexpected money can also remind us of the importance of being mindful and present daily. When present, we are more likely to notice the small things that bring us joy, including unexpected surprises like finding money. What unexpected gift can you appreciate today?
Today is a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. I often grumble about the dreary, rainy, cloud-covered days, wishing it was something different. But today, the sun is shining, there’s no rain, and the Spring flowers are poking their heads through the rich soil. Sunshine provides warmth, light, and energy to lift our mood and improve our overall well-being. When we bask in the sunshine, we feel a sense of peace and tranquility that can help us recharge and reset. Sunshine can also remind us of the importance of self-care and taking care of our physical health. By spending time in the sunshine, we can improve our vitamin D levels, which can help us maintain strong bones, boost our immune system, and improve our mental health. So what about the weather, no matter what it is, can you appreciate today?
Appreciating the little things in life, such as not getting stuck in traffic, finding a $5 bill in your coat pocket, and sunshine can bring us immense joy and happiness. By focusing on these small things, we can cultivate a sense of gratitude, contentment, and mindfulness that can help us navigate the challenges of daily life. So, let’s take a moment to appreciate the small things and find joy in the present moment.
Cindy Jobs, PCAC, PCC
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