Do you occasionally experience a lack of satisfaction and therefore your enthusiasm for life is reduced? Do you sometimes find it difficult to appreciate the positive things and the small details ? It is not always very clear where that dissatisfaction comes from, because it actually seems that everything is fine.

You may have big goals and dreams, but have you not been able to achieve them as you were planning? Did a project fail you? Is your head sinking lower and lower?

The enemy in our own head

For most people, after failures, regardless of whether they are small or large, the inner critic reacts immediately : an unpleasant and ruthless judge . A strict unscrupulous who has no love or good will for you. He is very loud indeed. Sometimes it is much louder than the voice of your heart and inner wisdom.

  • “You haven’t worked enough!”
  • “I told you it wouldn’t work!”
  • “You suck!”
  • “Others can do it better than you!”
  • “You are weak and you are not ambitious enough!”
  • “You should have fought harder for it!”

With this type of communication, it is too understandable if frustration and helplessness come together and increase your dissatisfaction.

People who are full of zest for life and have great vital energy can silence their inner judge. (Or send it to a distant island in the South Seas for a vacation.) You could also try it!

We have so many wishes in life and sometimes we become obsessed with their fulfillment. The commitments in our professional and private lives also challenge us strongly. We do not realize how we regularly overload ourselves, although certain symptoms already hint at it. At worst, we lead to exhaustion or collapse.

How to appreciate the smallest things

But you don’t have to go that far if you stop and reflect. Ask yourself the following questions to question your actions and appreciate more aspects of yourself:

  1. “I love what I do?”
  2. “What do my heart and soul really want?”
  3. “If I only had 2 more years to live, would I keep what I’m doing now?”

It would be best if we had the courage and confidence to put the answers into action immediately. But that means trying hard and doing our best! You also have to put excuses aside, why then change will never come!

However, of course, you cannot always simply turn your reality upside down and appreciate every aspect of life. For many, this is only possible step by step. In addition, the changes also depend on the right time.

Being one hundred percent positive is probably not possible for anyone. However, sometimes we have no choice but to change our thoughts when we want to feel better in the long run and not go into a negative spiral.

Sometimes you have to get out of your usual “carousel” for a while. Just stop and think for a moment! Think of all the things you can be thankful for in your life.

Focusing on gratitude can also help you appreciate life

  1. “What is working in my life so far?”
  2. “What can I be proud of?”
  3. “For what reasons can I say thank you?”

Are you able to enjoy the moment and appreciate the small and simple things in life ? Try it every day! Even if you have to survive parallel to the negative state or if you have trouble mastering it at first.

Do you realize the little gifts, the simple and precious things that life offers you? Do you see them even if you have not yet achieved your big goals and your wishes have not yet been fulfilled? In every moment there is so much wealth around us. That is easy to recognize! Say no to negative vision!

Take a moment to acknowledge that you can be grateful

These are some of the little things in life that we can be thankful for.

  • You exist and you live.
  • You can perceive moods and you are able to love and experience love.
  • You have family and friends happy that you exist.
  • Inhale and exhale, while being aware of the air that fills your lungs, what great wonder is your body?
  • You can listen to your favorite music or the voices of nature.
  • You have a functional body, even if something hurts you once.
  • You have freedom of choice in addition to your obligations.

Sincerely thank and be happy

  • A smile or a compliment they gave you
  • The sun and the sun’s rays that warm your skin (and nature too)
  • The food you have (“Thank you, dear farmers, thank you to those who cooked it!”)
  • A good meeting or a good conversation with other people
  • Essential services like clean, warm drinking water (Not a standard around the world!)
  • Enjoy delicious coffee, tea, or smoothies
  • A big piece of cake that you were invited
  • The fact that even before you got up, many people were working for you and making sure that you can live your everyday life (for example, public transport and utility personnel, bakers, supermarket employees, etc.)
  • Handmade gifts from your children or grandchildren and that you can learn a lot from them
  • A gesture of compassion or if someone listens and understands you

What things in your life can you appreciate?

Get in the habit of showing your gratitude and living in the moment to appreciate every positive aspect of your life. Then you will receive more gifts over time …

Acknowledging what you already have and what works makes sense, because it promotes joy and quality of life. It all depends on your attitude.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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