Lizzie’s Lists of Helpful How-To’s: How to better appreciate life

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Hello blog readers it’s yet again another Tuesday and you know what that means… *drum roll* blog day! Today I want to talk about how to have a better appreciation of life.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how fortunate I actually am. I am capable of doing all the things I want to make me happy. I have a healthy and strong body that helps me do the things I love, a brain that helps me learn and experience new things and wonderful family and friends. I have the freedom to go and do what I want and that’s not something that a lot of people have.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that just because other people have it worse than you that you don’t have the right to be unhappy. That’s far from the truth. Everyone has crappy days that sometimes just plain suck. You don’t even have to have a reason as to why it sucks, it just does. Everyone goes through those times and it’s normal. But it’s all about how fast you can bounce back out of those moods and return to being satisfied and appreciative that counts. So here are a few ways on how to appreciate your life.

  1. Make a list of everything you love. Whenever you’re feeling down you can look at this list and either do something that you wrote or just think about how happy all of what you wrote down makes you feel.
  2. Notice the simple objects you use every day that most people in other countries don’t have. Clean running water, food, a technology, education and freedom are just a few that I’ve been thinking about later. I couldn’t imagine my life without any of those things and the fact that I can obtain them whenever I want to makes me feel extremely privileged.
  3. Show your friends and family that you appreciate them. Not only will this make them feel loved and important, it will also boost your own happiness as well.
  4. See the positive in a negative situation. There’s always something that can be learned from a bad situation, all you need to do is look for it and acknowledge what you’ve learned.
  5. Focus on what you have not what you don’t have. A lot of the times people only see what they don’t have rather than what they do. People are so focused on getting more when they should just stop and look around them.

We’re all much more fortunate than we think. If everyone took a moment to be thankful, they’d find their lives to be much fuller. Follow these steps and become a more satisfied and positive person along the way.

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