There may be certain times in life when you take little joys for granted. Since being grateful can have so many health benefits, it’s pretty crucial that we notice times we are learning, things that are making us better off and times that we are getting little doses of joy. Check out the following instances where you may have overlooked a time to be grateful:
1. Public Transportation
Public transportation can be a blessing for a variety of reasons; not just because you sometimes save costs on gas, but it also allows you to practice mindfulness (living in the present moment) more easily. When you’re on public transportation, you see new faces and there are a plethora of opportunities to be in the moment. You can people watch, smile at strangers, make new connections and take in different scenery.
Whatever the reason, it seems to be easier to put ourselves down than lift ourselves up, but it shouldn’t be. It can be effective to pay attention to your inner dialogue and any time you notice that you’re being hard on yourself, change your dialogue. For example, if you’re in a meeting and you feel that you asked a “stupid” question that the rest of your colleagues laughed at, instead of saying “I’m so stupid, ” remind yourself that you’re intelligent enough to be employed and putting yourself down is not acceptable. You may even laugh the experience off if you’d like. A great exercise to do to help appreciate yourself more can be to make a list of characteristics that you possess that you are proud of. For example, if you’re a nice person who doesn’t seek to offend others, congratulate yourself and give yourself a pat on the back.
3. Laughter With Friends
This one is not to be taken lightly. There are so many benefits to having genuine close relationships that the list would never end. If you and your friends have any inside jokes, take that as a good sign because you have had enough experiences with them to make a lasting impression on the both of you. And laughter releases endorphins that make us happier and healthier. If you have a few good friends in your life who support you, love you and lift you up, consider yourself to be rich. Certified psychiatrist, Robert Rowney, says that we feel better about ourselves when we have encouraging and supportive people in our lives.
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