If you focus on the past, your progress is slowed, and if you focus on the future, you’re likely to get worried. There’s actually a saying: if you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you’re peeing on the present. That’s a little crass, but it draws an effective picture.
It’s very easy to get completely caught up in planning for the future, that we often forget to take the time to appreciate the wonderful things happening in our daily lives.
Here are 3 things you can do today to live in the present and start appreciating the moment.
1) Become Very Self-Aware
The first thing you can do to live in the present is to become very self-aware.
To perform your best, acknowledge the beauty of your life and be happy, you need to know who you are and why you think and feel the way you do. You are where you are and what you are because of yourself.
You have gotten yourself to where you are as the result of the choices and decisions that you have made in the past. If you want to be somewhere else in the future, it is up to you to make new and better choices and decisions in the present.
2) Embrace Your Natural State Of Being In Life
Next, start to embrace your natural state of being in life.
Your normal, natural, healthy state of being alive is a wonderful gift and should be treated that way.
Try to tune into the amount of joy you experience and the number of times you laugh on a daily basis, to demonstrate the fullness of your current life position. Acknowledge these moments and be grateful for them each time that they happen.
Eventually, reacting to these moments with gratitude will become a habit, and you will start to feel happier all the time.
3) Develop An Attitude Of Gratitude
Lastly, if you want to be truly present and benefit from appreciating your daily life, you must develop an attitude of gratitude.
The habit of feeling grateful and expressing that gratitude to other people, by saying “thank you” to those in your life, and to yourself for all of the wonderful things in your life every day will have amazing effects on your personality, and your ability to live in the present.
An attitude of gratitude makes you a warmer, friendlier, and more genial. An attitude of gratitude makes you more sensitive and more aware of others around you and your environment.
The more gratitude you have, and the more gratitude you express, the happier and brighter your life will become.
When we are thankful for others and express a wonderful attitude to those around us on a regular basis, we can change the lives of others as well as our own.
Start each morning by saying, “I believe something wonderful is going to happen to me today.”
Repeat it over and over.
4. Create a Gratitude Jar
To start right this second, think of two things in your daily life that you are grateful for. You can even create a gratitude jar. Each night, write something that happened that day that you’re grateful for. Just the act of seeing the jar will inspire more gratitude.
Have you expressed gratitude to someone who makes a big difference in your life lately? You could send them a personalized card and small gift via SendOutCards to show your appreciation for them. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll make their week.
Gratefulness will make you happier. Being happier will pull you into a more positive mindset. It will allow you to treat the present like the present that it is.