How to Be Happier, Step 4: Appreciating
On January 2 I posted a list from the blog of psychologist Jeremy Dean of ten habits that science has shown make people happier. For the next several days I’m posting individually on one of these actions/states of mind in hopes that we can all learn to make them habits.
Today’s topic is appreciating.
Here are a few of the little, ordinary, but beautiful things in life and the world that I appreciate:
☼ A cup of hot tea and a sunbeam shining through the steam from the cup
☼ Lighted windows at dusk
☼ Kindness and generosity
☼ Colors and patterns
☼ Birds chirping in bare winter trees
☼ Spontaneous conversations with strangers in public places
☼ That a gray sky has its own kind of beauty
☼ My dog sleeping on her blanket in my office
☼ Strawberries and blueberries
☼ Smells: vanilla and cinnamon, lilacs, onions cooking, pine trees, fresh wood, a library
☼ A clean, fresh, dry towel after a shower
☼ Snatches of music that just enter my head out of nowhere
☼ Sunlight reflecting off the windows of tall buildings
How many more can you think of? What ordinary things do you especially appreciate?