Enjoy The Little Things

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Raise your hand if sometimes you wake up knowing it’s going to be an off day. Now raise your hand if that off day turns into a domino effect putting you in a mood so that you cannot enjoy the rest of your day. I hope everyone reading this behind their screen has either raised their hand (hypothetically I mean) or said yes because the truth is… wait for it… we are HUMAN and we are aloud to have days where we just don’t feel that great. And you know what, that is ay okay because sometimes the best thing you can admit to yourself is that it’s okay not to be okay.

But here is my next question for you. What if there was a way to think positively and change your day around. I have this picture above my desk that says, “Enjoy the Little Things” and my Mom has a similar one that reads, “Enjoy the Little Things for They Really are The Big Things.” I always seem to look at these words without fully understanding what they mean, but as of recently these words ring more true than they ever have before.

As October begins and the fall weather rolls in there is more than just a chill that fills the air. Maybe it’s just me, but as much as I love the fall weather, change of leaves, and delicious smelling candles (if you don’t have the Autumn candle from Bath and Body Works, go run to the store now), my attitude or energy begins to shift. Early evenings and less sunshine affect my mood and cause me to want to snuggle in my bed, bingeing Netflix and not being productive. That is why these words are especially important to me right now.

It’s a little thing called gratitude and I’m hoping by sharing this I can pass along the importance of gratitude and how even practicing the tiniest bit can turn your day around.

I tend to like to think of the glass half full,  but not everyone is wired that way,so here is an easy fix you can do first thing in the morning or really any part of the day when you are not feeling at your best.

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Think of 3 things you are grateful for today and write them down, and remember...every LITTLE thing counts! For example:

  1. I am grateful for catching up with friends

  2. I am grateful for 8 hours of sleep

  3. I am grateful for new opportunities

While these may seem small or silly, it is so easy to get lost in your day and forget about the little things. That is why taking the time to step back each day is important because when everything around you is overwhelming, your stressed out or something didn’t go as planned, you can return to your list and remind yourself of what you do have that makes you happy, feel full, and energizes you.

I urge you to try and practice this daily. Like most things it won’t come easily, but with time it might become second nature and hopefully guide you to living a more positive filled life.

If you want to hold yourself accountable find a friend or family member and remind them to practice gratitude or take a few minutes a day to remind yourself what makes you happy As always, thank you for reading. I hope this post brightens your day and inspires you to smile a little more too!


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