How many of you reading this blog are eating at the same time? How many of you multitask to such a degree that you can go though an entire day without really noticing the people or things around you? We all have busy lives stuffed to the brim with things we either need or want to achieve. But here’s a tip: stop and notice what your are doing in the moment.
Now this isn’t as easy as it may sound. It’s difficult to go through the day entirely ‘in the moment’. But try doing it a couple of times throughout the day. Notice the little things and enjoy them.
How to enjoy the little things in life? Try this:
- When eating your next meal don’t read, don’t watch TV and don’t think of anything else except the food on your plate. Experience the taste, the smell, the textures, the heat or coolness and the layers of flavour. Really savour it.
- Go outside and look around. See the amazing things that surround you on a daily basis. It could be plants, birds and insects. It could be amazing structures or complex architecture. You may have a breathtaking view that you don’t really notice any more. Open your eyes, soak up every detail.
- When you’re next at the seaside take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the beach. Scrunch your toes into the sand, feel its texture, its warmth.
- Take a shower and think about how good the water feels on your skin. Think about nothing other than the shower itself and enjoy the sensation.
- The next time you are with a loved one, stop and take a couple of minutes to really talk to them. Listen to what they have to say. Appreciate the person with you – completely.
- Brush your hair with long, fluid strokes. Enjoy the sensation of the bristles pulling through each strand. Close your eyes, relax a little
- Watch a sunset. Don’t simply look at it, really see it. Marvel at its beauty and breathe.
These are seven simple pleasures, I’m sure you can think of a whole lot more. If you truly experience and enjoy the little things, it can open your eyes to so much more. And life doesn’t pass in a flash of hurried meals and quick showers, which must be a good thing.