Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once said, “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” So much of our lives revolve around looking forward to the big moments: your wedding day, the day or child is born, graduation and so on. These events are monumental in our lives, but life is also about learning to appreciate the small, seemingly meaningless moments that happen on our way to those big things.
If you’ve noticed yourself constantly rushing through life without taking the time to stop and appreciate the beauty of the moment you’re in, then this blog is for you! We’ve got three tips on how you can train your brain to start appreciating the little things in life.
Yes, many mornings can be hard and you might be trying to just survive the day until you get to go back to bed, but in doing so you could be missing out on so many things. Resist the temptation to live each day by just going through the motions and make an effort to be as in the moment as possible.
One of the best ways to be more present during your day is to ditch the screens. Studies show that the average human will spend 76,500 hours or almost 9 years of their lives using their mobile device … talk about a distraction. Look up from your screen as often as possible and focus on where you are and the people you’re with, and evaluate: Is it productive or is it for pleasure?
Stop comparing yourself.
As humans, we naturally feel a need to compare ourselves to others. However, by worrying so much about others’ blessings and the things we don’t have, we lose our focus on the things we do have. Here are a few ways to get out of the comparative mindset and start appreciating your life:
- Make a list of things you love about yourself.
- Push yourself to try new things.
- Focus on being better than you were yesterday (it’s cliché, but it works!).
- Learn the difference between admiration and envy (more on that here).
Stop and celebrate.
You made a connection with someone new, you cleaned your entire house, you got up even earlier to get a workout in … whatever it is, celebrate those small victories just like you do with your big ones! That doesn’t mean throwing a party every single time you check something off your to-do list (but if that’s your style, then by all means, feel free to throw some confetti!). Here are a few little ways to acknowledge and celebrate those tiny wins:
- Treat yourself to a delicious snack.
- Tell someone about your accomplishment (it’s okay to be proud of yourself!).
- Write it down.
- Look in the mirror and say, “You did it, Champ.”
By acknowledging all your wins, big and small, your brain will naturally start looking out for them more often … so keep celebrating yourself!
Appreciating the little things is all about giving yourself time to take a step back and reflect. Remember the things you take for granted are the ones that will matter most in the end.