Enjoy the Simple Things in Life

Next time something good happens, stop whatever you are doing, give it a second and appreciate that moment.

Stopping to smell the roses”? It’s true. People who take time to appreciate beauty around them really are happier.

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The key component to effective savoring is focused attention. By taking the time and spending the effort to appreciate the positive, people are able to experience more well-being.

freeThink about it?  The happiest people take the time to appreciate the little things in life. Focusing on the positive and appreciating those things more leads to happiness increases in less than a week.

To Savor moments in life.

Stop.

Just for a second.

Stop checking texts when your friends are right in front of you. Stop watching TV while you eat. Don’t surf the web while you’re on the phone.

Just do one thing at a time that you like, and don’t hurry through it. Slow down and appreciate it.

Just doing that — that alone — causes significant decreases in depression and increases in happiness.

When things will soon come to an end we don’t take them for granted. We’re grateful, we savor them and we’re happier.

Seek out those bittersweet moments because research shows they will help you appreciate things more.

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, has a four point system that I love:

  1. Anticipate with pleasure,
  2. Savor the moment as I experience it,
  3. Express my happiness to myself or others, and
  4. Reflect on a happy memory.

How much simpler can being happier get?

What are you waiting for? Get started on increasing your happiness.

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