Finding the Joy in the Little Things
When the day to day stresses of life start to get to you, and your goals or even happiness seem like they’re miles away, it’s important to remember the joy that can be found in your life every day. So often we associate happiness with big milestones. It can be easy to forget the little joys in life which really make life worth living. But when hope is lost, it isn’t always easy to find that joy.
Thankfully, here at the Oasis Center, we understand the importance of finding joy in the little things. Here are three ways to immediately bring joy back into your life.
Count Your Blessings
When it feels like you are trapped in a rut, and your goals are unobtainable, it’s important to remember what you have in life already. Take some time to count your blessings. This includes everything from your measure of good health, to the warmth of the sun on a warm sunny day. When you take time to count your blessings it becomes easier to find the joy in the little things.
Laughing is a great way to boost your mood and help you on your trek to finding joy. Laughing with friends, from reading a funny book, to even watching a funny movie will do it. I have found it is always better to laugh with friends and family. Once you become happy, it can be easier to see through the fog and enjoy the little things.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Even if you don’t think you compare yourself to others you do. We all do it, it’s part of human nature. Social media thrives because people compare themselves to friends and strangers. Think about Instagram, people post pictures of their food or an exotic location and jealousy sets in. It isn’t just social media though. Maybe a co-worker purchased a new house or a neighbor got a new car. When you stop comparing yourself to them you can start being happy for them and yourself. Remember, you’ve got great things that you love.
Finding joy in the little things can help set the tone for a productive day. No matter where you are right now or what you’re doing, I want you to take a deep breath and look around. What do you see? Is there something that makes you smile? Keep doing this wherever you go. Today, there is a joy to be found all around you, but if you’re always thinking about tomorrow, always sitting with a screen in your face you’ll miss it. Once you start looking, you’ll find the joy in the little things, the joy in your life.