Good things are all around us, but we sometimes need to make an effort to find them. Try these simple steps to find more joy and happiness in life!
5 Simple Things
1. Pay attention to things you like or enjoy.
Whether it is the color of spring’s green grass, the taste of your favorite food or the smell of cookies baking, say in your mind or even out loud something that reflects what you are enjoying.
2. Feel gratitude for the things you appreciate.
Whether you are grateful that you have a job, thankful that you have working indoor plumbing or glad that you have a computer or printer, say something positive about what you are thankful for, i.e., “I’m so happy that I have a car that works!”
3. Find the good in situations that are less than favorable.
When something goes contrary to what you were hoping, find the good in the situation. When you have to go to the dentist you can say “I’m so glad I live in a time when dentists can fix teeth rather than having to pull them without painkillers!”
4. When somethings goes bad, remember how it was when it was good.
When you’re sick, say “I’m so thankful for my health!” When your car (or appliance) breaks down, you could say “I’m so grateful my refrigerator usually works,” or when you have to go to the dentist you can say “I’ll be so glad when my teeth are fixed!”
5. Imagine how it would be if it was the way you wanted it.
You can say things like, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could go on a cruise to the Bahamas?”, “What if we could afford to buy a new car?” Or, “Imagine if you had your dream home!”
What we focus on tends to expand. By appreciating the simple things in life, the bigger things can seem a lot less stressful!
This article was written by SuzAnne Jorgensen from Utah State University Extension in Garfield County. This article was edited by Leah Calder, Extension Marketing Assistant.