Friday, September 02, 2005

Remembering the Good things in Our Lives...

I thought I would share this article.. and thank Beth Bresnahan for a reminder about the good things in our lives...Thanks Beth!

Publishing date: 09/01/05
RISMEDIA, Sept. 2, 2005 — With the chaos of today’s world, take a step back and appreciate the good things in your life. Here are some quick ways you can add happiness to your life each day:
  • Each night as you go to bed, list the 6 things you are most grateful for that day. If you’re having trouble counting to six, remember the little things such as having a roof over your head, food to eat, eyes to read this with and friends who care.
  • Read positive quotes and stories. A quote takes only seconds or a minute to read so even the busiest of people can fit this in.
  • Stop what you are doing and stretch your arms and legs. Feel the sensations of stretching and the pleasure of using muscles.
  • Go out of your way to thank someone for what they are doing. It doesn’t have to be something they do for you— maybe thanks the lollipop lady for helping children stay safe, a stacker for keeping supermarket shelves full or a recycler for saving resources.
  • Smile. Yep, that’s all it takes— just smile occasionally even if no one is there to see it!
  • Have a cuddle. Find a child, partner, pet, teddy bear or friend and cuddle them often.
  • Wear things you like—perfume, after-shave lotion, jewelry, favorite clothes. Wear them and enjoy wearing them rather than leaving them stored for rare ‘special occasions.’
  • Contact a friend or relative and chat about unimportant things— use e-mail if you haven’t got time for a long phone call or visit.
  • Eat and drink slowly—it is less stressful on your body and mind and gives you time to actually taste it.
  • Take notice of nature. Watch a sunrise or sunset, literally smell a flower, listen to the rain on a roof, walk on some autumn leaves and breathe in some fresh air. Taking a few seconds to appreciate beauty and nature is a great way to forget your worries and bring a smile to your face.
  • Indulge in a hobby. If you can’t actually do it every day, read, talk or daydream about it instead.
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