Everyday life can sometimes seem to drag and can feel uninspiring in a variety of different ways.
In fact, it’s largely because everyday life may feel underwhelming that we frequently spend our time fantasising about the weekend, or the next big vacation we would like to enjoy.
When all is said and done, however, everyday life always contains plenty of potential moments of beauty, happiness, and positivity, as long as we are capable of putting ourselves in the right mindset to notice them.
To a large degree, finding ways to add a bit more positivity to each day, and to approach each day in a spirit of gratitude, can have a great transformative effect on our lives as a whole.
Here are some ways of adding a bit more gratitude and positivity to everyday life.
Take the time to check in regularly and savor the present moment
It’s inevitable that you will end up missing out on the beauty and power of the present moment if you are constantly so caught up in your own thoughts that you never actually notice the present moment, to begin with.
In order to avoid falling into this trap, make a conscious and mindful habit of checking in regularly and savouring the present moment whenever you are doing something during the day that is generally positive.
There’s no reason, for example, to mindlessly drink your morning cup of coffee without even pausing to notice the taste. Instead, be present for the experience and savor it.
The same principle applies to things like appreciating the sunrise or the sunset, or time spent with a loved one.
Reduce the number of things in your life that you find draining
It can be difficult to find a sense of gratitude and positivity in everyday life if your everyday experience is completely cluttered with things that you find draining and distracting, and that draw your attention away from those things that make your life more joyful.
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At the same time, though, those draining things can also come in the form of workplace obligations that you would much rather move away from or everyday habits that you barely notice, but that bring you down.
In either case, you should take steps to move towards reducing the number and prevalence of those things in your life, so that the more uplifting stuff shines through more.
Act as if everything was alive and had a personality
One way to really notice and appreciate the blessings in your everyday life is to treat your belongings, your environment, and all the rest as if it was all alive and had personality.
When you view things in this way – whether you “believe it” as a metaphysical fact or not – you are likely to feel a lot more positively emotionally invested in everything around you.
Your favorite mug is no longer just a nice mug, but a companion in the journey of your life. That tree in your garden, or in front of your house, is no longer just a feature of the environment that you more or less ignore, but is a living and breathing entity that you share space with.
Viewing things this way can help you to become both significantly more mindful of, and significantly more grateful for, the good things in everyday life.
Actively reflect on all the positives in your day, before going to sleep
Reminding yourself of all the good things that have happened in your day, before going to sleep, can do a lot of good in terms of helping you to train yourself into the habit of recognising the blessings that so often arise in everyday life.
Even if a given day of yours has gone pretty badly, it’s quite likely that you’ll still have one or two things to feel grateful for when you get into bed at night, if you really put your mind to it.
Even if it’s just “I’m grateful for my warm bed,” or “I’m grateful for a learning experience,” framing things in that way can really help to make everyday life a good deal more positive.