Taking things for granted decreases appreciation.This seems so obvious that it’s easy to take THAT for granted too.
This is from a post by Greater Good in Action, because it’s good to share (most of the time).*
“You can maximise the benefits of the good things around you by consciously savouring them rather than letting them pass you by unnoticed. This exercise offers one basic way to start savoring the bounty of goodness around you – not by going to some exotic destination, but by paying more careful attention to the sights, smells, and sounds we often neglect.”
*And another thing…
With some things it’s NOT so good to share:
- The last sweet/piece of cake (do it anyway, its a more generous act if you don’t want to, and good for your soul).
- Detailed descriptions of your dreams (this ranks with enforced viewing of holiday snaps and pictures of ‘you should have been there’ moments).
- Tales of woe that you’ve been ‘sharing’ for the past five years (it not only bores your listeners, it also makes them feel powerless, AND it reinforces your own negative feelings. If this is a habit you have, start at the beginning of this post and do as it recommends).
Juliana Breines, Three research-based strategies to help you appreciate this life.