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How Do You Enjoy The Big And The Small Stuff?

Life is meant to be enjoyed. We aren’t on this planet for all that long, and we seem to forget how fleeting our time here actually is. If you are constantly rushing through your days, or doing the exact same thing day in and day out, how can you enjoy and savor the moment at hand? This is a practice of mindfulness, and teaching yourself how to slow down and take in the sights, sounds, and smells around you can really boost your recovery. Below are four ways that you can begin enjoying both the small and the larger occasions in your own life:

  1. Anticipation – When you look forward to an upcoming vacation, and are doing your research on all the fun things you plan to do, you are already enjoying yourself and what lies ahead. You can also anticipate the smaller things in life, like the stillness you get in your mind during your 6 o’clock spin class, or the time you set aside for yourself to read your book.
  2. Appreciation – Notice the good things that are happening around you. Take in the smells of the bakery you walk by on your lunch hour, make it a point to admire the sunset or the sunrise, and take your time eating. All of these things create happiness without effort.
  3. Share It – People who share positive feelings with others tend to be happier than those who don’t. If something feels good, share it! It can be a really good meal, funny joke, or taking in a beautiful sunset.
  4. Express Gratitude – Being thankful never gets old, and in recovery, gratitude is everything. Studies have shown that saying “thank you” out loud affirms our gratitude and makes us feel happier. Tell people you love how grateful you are to have them in your life. Show gratitude for your sobriety in any way possible.

Remember that money cannot buy savoring. It can be used to purchase shiny new things and experiences, but unless you are making a greater effort to treasure the moment, money won’t make you happier. In fact, it can detract from the little things in life that can mean so much.

 

 

 

If you are struggling with addiction, call The Serenity Recovery Center. The decision to get sober is a big moment in life, and one you do not want to miss. A new, beautiful life awaits; leave addiction behind and give us a call. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Take this opportunity to heal, get well, and recover. Call now.