Taking time out of late, I have been reminded of how much I really enjoy the simple things in life.
The feeling of a cold, refreshing mouthful of water to quench a thirst. The sun shinning on my face. Laughing until my sides hurt and my face feels like it’s going to crack. The delicate sound of the birds singing. The beauty of nature all around. Being able to breathe deeply and freely. A comforting cuddle. A peaceful night’s sleep. The vibrant colour and the delicate scent of the flowers on my table top.
I have found myself admiring these little things automatically and with such simple ease. This is in huge contrast to when I was wholly wrapped up in the constant treadmill of eat, sleep, work, repeat.
And, guess what? Getting back to basics, stream-lining life, stopping and noticing the details has made an impressive difference to how I see the world.
I feel more blessed, more appreciative and far more peaceful than I have done in a very long time.
This basic practise that I’ve developed is made up of noticing, being conscious and aware of life around me, as well as respecting and being grateful for those things.
A simple Google Scholar search throws up more results on this subject than I could possibly read through. However, just taking a quick look at some of the research, it immediately becomes apparent that there are significant links between gratitude and an individual’s physical and psychological well being. (Check it out for yourself here)
But, in short, counting your blessings can make you happier and healthier, and who doesn’t want a bit more of that in their life?
When was the last time you stopped to genuinely appreciate the simple ‘stuff’ in your daily routine?
Take a moment to notice the warmth and smell of your morning coffee. Really pay attention to the taste of your food at mealtimes. Listen carefully to the sound of your loved ones laughing. Feel the softness of your pillow as you lay your head down at night. Even on the crappiest of days you can find something to be grateful for, it could just be the fact that you’re able to breathe.
Take pleasure in collecting your reasons to be grateful as you go through your days; then list them back to yourself as you drift off to sleep. You’ll soon find that your list grows exponentially as you get into the habit of noticing more.
Why not try it out and see how much more enjoyment you can get out of each day?