The life we live often passes so quickly that we forget to be grateful. We are so busy with our tasks and worlds that we take so many different things for granted.
But if you stopped to think about it, you would realize how many wonderful things you are missing because you don’t stop to appreciate them. Here are 10 everyday moments that you should never take for granted.
1. Positive physical contact
Not everyone is comfortable with physical contact, but the ways they are comfortable should never be taken for granted. They are not only Hugs from your loved ones is just lovely to receive, but even pats on the back and high-fives from friends and acquaintances give you a positive thought boost.
Hugs and other forms of close physical contact release a wellness hormone called oxytocin. The support you receive results in not only a better oxytocin mood, but also reduced pain and mental toughness, according to studies. Here are some more benefits of hugging and physical contact!
- Better social support
- Reduction of fear and anxiety.
- Reduced stress
- Better comunication
- Increased immunity
- More positive cardiovascular health
2. Finish a to-do list
In today’s world, everything is accelerating. Days are always busy and life comes fast. Your daily activities involve hustle and bustle, and sometimes it can all feel overwhelming.
But when I finally check the final item in your to-do list, The wave of achievement that follows must be celebrated! Just because it’s something you have to do doesn’t mean you shouldn’t appreciate it. Give yourself a pat on the back and a routine reward, like a relaxing bath, reading a chapter from a good book, having a piece of dark chocolate, or watching an episode of your favorite show.
When you don’t express appreciation for getting through your tasks for the day, you’re setting yourself up for monotonous boredom. Make this success something to look forward to! And if you haven’t made a schedule or to-do lists, consider making it a habit. These are some of the benefits of doing so:
- You can hold yourself accountable.
- Everything becomes more orderly.
- You don’t forget anything.
- You will experience less stress.
- You can delegate more easily.
- You have the opportunity to be more productive in the long run.
- You will improve and grow.
3. Internet access
Internet access is so normal in today’s technologically advanced world that we often forget to be grateful for it. The days of running to the library or asking as many people as you knew for answers are long gone. Everything is at your fingertips. It’s really amazing, but it’s so normal that you might take it for granted. Here are some things to be thankful for about the Internet:
- A wealth of information, constantly at your fingertips
- The ability to keep in touch with distant friends.
- Synchronization technology means you will never lose your files
- Find a community of people who share your interests
- Being able to do practically everything from home
4. Kindness, even from those whom you will never see
Kindness and compassion are beautiful. A world without these acts would be cold, empty, and broken. How many lives have been improved or even saved by compassion? How often has someone’s kindness encouraged you?
Imagine that none of that goodness ever existed. It’s not very comforting to think about it. As a society, human beings have come to love and care for one another. We have learned to be selfless and helpful. That is something we should always cherish and never take for granted. All over the world, people help each other. Here are some acts of kindness to do and appreciate from others:
- Smiling at someone
- Holding the door open for someone
- Give someone a compliment
- Buy a busy friend, a drink, or a snack.
- Volunteer with or donate to a charity
Do you need a reason to do acts of kindness? Well, studies suggest that doing these things reduces depression and increases positive thinking. As such, your capacity for kindness is something you shouldn’t take for granted either!
5. Access to basic needs
The needs you receive every day are what keep you alive. While they are basic human rights, it is also fair not to take them for granted. At any moment, your life could be uprooted and you could lose access to them due to situations beyond your control. This is not intended to cause a catastrophe, but rather to encourage you to better understand why this should not be taken for granted:
· Clean water
Did you know that 780 million people around the world do not have drinking water to access? That is a great reason to think about positive ways this is something readily available to you! You have clean water for drinking, cooking, showering, and cleaning.
Food is more than just eating for sustenance. It is nutritious and tasty, and there are many things about food that you can appreciate. Don’t take your tasty and healthy food choices for granted, and don’t take the fact that you can eat all of your full meals for granted!
A roof over your head
Your home protects you from the elements. It may not be perfect, but it is equipped to keep you alive. Think of all the severe weather you’ve seen and how difficult it would be if you didn’t have that roof. It is not something to be taken for granted, especially if you can decorate it and make it a home, not just a house.
6. Contribute to the world with your work
Every day that you work, you have the opportunity not only to be productive, but also to share your efforts with those around you. The work you do matters and affects other people. Even if you have a “normal”, “boring” or simple job, what you are doing means something. Jobs don’t exist for no reason, after all.
When you work, you show your character and your strength. Every day gives you the opportunity to show what you can do. Add purpose and career goals and help you shape the future you want. It can transform your life, and nothing that is so powerful to you should never be taken for granted.
You don’t have to be the perfect health picture to be grateful for what your body and mind can do. Illness is part of life, and chronic illness, whether physical or mental, is not a sign of lesser value in the least.
Your body is an incredible wonder that takes you through your best and worst days. It has helped you get through every trial alive, and it keeps ticking and ticking. That is something worth celebrating, appreciating, and even thanking yourself for. Think of all the things you can do with your body: run, write, hold the hand of your loved ones. Isn’t it worth being happy about those things?
Loving your health, your body, and your mind can also encourage you to take better care of it in the long run. When you don’t take yourself for granted, you realize how much you are worth and how much care you deserve.
8. Boring days
It seems strange to be grateful for boring days. But the busier you are, the more you wish you had better appreciated the days when you had nothing to do. So don’t take those precious moments for granted!
Do you have trouble appreciating boredom? No problem. All you need to do is learn to use your boredom well. To consider:
- Thinking of all the positive reasons this boredom has occurred, such as finishing assignments early or being financially secure enough for a break
- Diving head first into something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had time to
- Participate in self-improvement tasks that will enhance your abilities, skills, and talents
- Designate this as a self-care time where you pamper yourself and do whatever you want without shame or judgment.
Learn to get comfortable with the concept of resting and just doing nothing for a day, and then being grateful for the rest you are giving your body!
9. Time to spend with loved ones
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t take your loved ones for granted. But on top of that, you should also appreciate the time you spend with them. This doesn’t just refer to fun dates with your spouse, playtime with your kids, or dinner with your parents. Obviously these are positive things that are easier to appreciate. Gratitude for time spent with loved ones includes:
- The time you spend dealing with your loud, rowdy, messy kids, with all the tantrums and mischief that goes with it. Someday everyone will be older and this precious time will be wasted.
- The time you spend arguing or fighting with your partner. By working together through him, you will grow as a couple and become stronger in the long run.
- The time you spend caring for an elderly family member, who may be forgetful, confused, or difficult to care for. They will leave this world one day and you will miss them when they leave.
- The time you spend indoors due to a natural disaster warning means you cannot leave the house, no matter how much you want to. When you no longer have free time for your family, you will wish you had taken advantage of this.
10. How your tests have shaped you
The things you’ve been through may have hurt, changed, and been hard to get over. But at the end of the day, each of those things played a crucial role in shaping you and who you are today.
your strength comes from difficulties you have endured. And your wisdom comes from the lessons of your mistakes. His trauma has shown him his power and the wonderful things he can do, and it has shown him who he can trust. Your past has shaped each of your elements. Time to appreciate what brought you here.
It’s like the saying goes: you don’t know what you have until it’s over! Please don’t make the mistake of not giving something the attention and gratitude it deserves, only to get lost when you are no longer here. Even the most mundane everyday moments have sparks of magic in them. Don’t take them for granted!