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Living with Appreciation Each Day Takes Effort But is So Worth It

Living with Appreciation Each Day Takes Effort But is So Worth It

One of the best ways to achieve lasting inner peace and joy is to learn how to live happily in the present moment. Life is a succession of present moments, even when it feels like you have left the building for a moment. Lots of precious time gets wasted in worrying about the future or trying to change the past. Living with appreciation takes effort but if you follow some simple steps it can help transform the way you see each day, and ultimately, how you live.

How to Be

Every time you think you ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda,’ you take yourself right out of the present moment. This diminishes the creative power of presence and kills any joy you might feel. The present moment is all you have. Don’t mess it up by falling into that needless pit of focusing on the wrong things.


Many people live life like a dress rehearsal for something to come later, rather than being the main act. It is no guarantee we, or anyone else, will be here tomorrow or the next day. Now is all we have and the only time we have control over. Don’t spend time wondering what you could have done or might need to do tomorrow. Be grateful for today, your health, your life, and make decisions based on your current reality.

Love the Ordinary

In a rush to live life to the fullest, we often bypass the ordinary. When we don’t pay attention, we forget to be thankful for what’s in front of us and we don’t quite see what will be most helpful. This state of mindlessness is a way to numb ourselves from the present moment. If you have ever zoned out for a moment, you know what this means to be out of presence into the ether. Stop looking into outer space and focus on grounding yourself in the presence of the ordinary. Notice the trees, breathe the air, find escape in the day-to-day elements of your life and find a way to get lost in that as a way to bring you back to earth.

The best way to combat fear of the past or future is to divert attention back to presence. It will make you feel more fulfilled and joyful if you focus less on what you don’t have than what you do. Make the conscious choice to enjoy each moment. Cultivate a disposition of mindfulness in each moment. Everything changes, so do not take anything for granted. Cherish the moment and appreciate your blessings today.

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