We live in a fast-paced world my friends. Depending on where you live or what you do, it may even seem like it’s going at warp speed! A major factor that has influenced our fast-paced world is the convenience of technology, which has definitely made it’s mark on society. We now live in a world where many things are instantaneous, and although this is extremely convenient in many aspects of life (like the fact that you wouldn’t even be reading this if it weren’t for the oh-so-wonderful Internet), it may also lead to overlooking the simple pleasures in life.
I was reminded of this concept recently after reading a post over on Run Eat Play… which in case you missed it, won thePlate 2012 Award for healthy eating champion of the year!! Heather was talking about the things that make us happy, when I realized everything on her list was something that could have easily been overlooked. Like her recent accomplishment of winning her fitness team an awesome prize, her breakfast and lunch, and yes, even Brussels sprouts! Obviously Heather is full of gratitude since she has even managed to give a shout-out to Brussels sprouts!
So as my way of saying congratulations to Healther on her recent win and thank you for helping me focus on the little things in life, I’d like to share with you a few of the simple pleasures I have recently overlooked in my own life.
Things That Make Me Happy
- A random high five from a stranger while out for a run
- Finding a beautiful botanical garden a few blocks from my house
- Having a job that I actually LOVE going to each morning
- Reading a book that I simply can’t put down… just ONE more chapter and then I swear I’ll go to bed
- Catching up with a friend I haven’t talked to in forever, and feeling like no time has passed at all
- Any day that I can fit a nap into my schedule
- Getting cards in the mail, even when it’s not your birthday
The hustle and bustle of everyday life can often leave you feeling rundown, drained of energy, and all together exhausted. Not to mention that advertisements can make you feel inadequate and always wanting more, more, more. The next time you are feeling a little down, take a second to be grateful for the little things in life. Perhaps even try setting aside a few minutes each day to jot down the things that made you smile. At the end of each month, look over these notes and be thankful for what you DO have, instead of focusing on something you want. If you find that there’s a pattern in the things you enjoy, try to surround yourself with those thing to be a humble, happy, and grateful person day-in and day-out!
What are the little things in life that you enjoy?
Do you ever catch yourself in a moment where you’re wanting more, instead of being grateful for what you have?
An Intern Behind the Plate,
Run Eat Play is a blog written and maintained by Heather Holtz. Heather is one of Around the Plate’s Healthy Eating Champions and is a member of thePlate Community. As a Healthy Eating Champion, Heather shares her tips on finding a balance between food, fitness, and family fun. Find other healthy eating champions, nutrition experts, and recipe gurus on our community blog network.