When reading the news, or staying informed on unfortunate circumstances globally, or reflecting on just how chaotic 2020 has been already, it can be somewhat intense to digest all of that information. Our minds are simply not designed to have so many different circumstances thrown at us at once, and as such as we can feel a little tired, anxious and even sometimes very overwhelmed by that which is going on.
If you let it get to you, you can sometimes allow for the defenses that you previously held to slowly diminish, and this may lead you to think that there’s nothing good worth celebrating. But pessimism is never the key. In fact, pessimism is simply a condition you grow when you haven’t had your perspective aligned correctly. There’s plenty of beauty, good, worth and enjoyment to be had in life, and it’s often found in the smaller experiences all around us.
With that in mind, celebrating that which is good in life can be a thoroughly useful application of your time. When was the last time you can remember doing so? Let us help you consider it anew:
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Indulgence & Comfort
A little indulgence and comfort can often be seen as, well, overly indulgent, but that’s simply not true. It’s important to appreciate comfort in life, because often the act of survival and trying to keep up with our responsibilities can be exhausting. This can take away our capacity to relieve that stress and to gain restful sleep. Additionally, a little comfort can help us feel more in tune with our surroundings, and able to think more clearly.
For instance, relaxing on a Friday evening with nothing to do the next day, a glass of wine, a good book, a candle, and a roaring fireplace, with a little relaxing classical music, can often be a fantastic place of comfort and relaxation. Outside of making progress in the novel of your choice, you’re hardly being ‘productive’ in this setting. But you’re enjoying the fruits of your labor. You’re spending time relieving stress. And moreover, you’re teaching yourself to enjoy the good in life. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, after all.
Not only that, but it’s important to note just how many people find difficulty in relaxing and taking it easy with little productivity to care for. In fact, you may find that learning how to relax and enjoy yourself is a duty you should consider with the utmost sincerity, because like most things, it’s something you have to learn how to do.
Celebrate Who You Are & Your Roots
Celebrate who you are and where you come from. In many corners of the world, celebrating who you are and where you come from is increasingly being seen as something that immediately dismisses others and somehow leads to a superiority complex, but that’s not true. It’s only when you appreciate your own culture that you can then fully appreciate others and celebrate the diversity of life.
Additionally, this helps you laugh at yourself. Researching further into your family tree or enjoying the certain stereotypes that help you feel British, even if that’s just going for fish’n’chips tonight, can help you celebrate and enjoy your cultural roots. This allows you to pay further respect to other cultures, as you will have first respected your own.
Take Time To Appreciate The Little Things
Appreciate the little things in life. This is because they are often the most important. The smell of a rose, or a cool breeze through your window, or the cold side of the pillow when you turn it over in bed, or hugging your spouse, or the laugh of your child, these things can help you look past all of the overarching bad narratives in the world and appreciate that which is actually important.
Additionally, this can help you avoid taking things for granted. Sure you might only have a bowl of cereal and glass of orange juice for your breakfast this morning, but is ‘only’ the right qualifier? Surely this is a tasty meal and gives you a fresh start to your day with the energy you need. Biting into an apple and really tasting it can help you enjoy your life with gratitude, and a sense of stoic meditation. This is the way to curating better mental health, as each day is full of these little moments of worth.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily celebrate the good in life. You deserve to recognize just how much of this there is.