Usually we don’t have a problem with enjoying the bigger things in life such as vacation, parties and traveling to exotic places. These are obvious high points and the things we look forward to. But that’s not really life – at least not the majority of it. Life’s more about all those smaller everyday things such as going to the supermarket, having lunch and taking the metro.
If we can increase the intensity in those experiences, life will have a different meaning for us. It will no longer be boring, ordinary, “must do” things but instead they can help us feel gratitude. Next time you go to the supermarket, help someone pack their bags or ask the cashier how her/his day is going. When you eat lunch, express your appreciation for the meal, light a candle and put on music you love. When you take the metro, pay for someone else’s ticket or chat with the person next to you. Create an exciting life no matter what you do. Talk to people you normally wouldn’t talk to, help someone random, smile to the people you meet. Suddenly, going to the pharmacy might just give you a memory of a lifetime.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie