The Simple Art of Appreciation

I love appreciating things. Maybe it is something I learned or picked along the way, or something that I built as a defense mechanism to help make myself feel good and take away all negative thoughts from my brain and not fall down to depression, but I am proud to say that appreciating things is one of my healthy habits — if not actually the healthiest one, or at least a healthy habit that I always try to cultivate. I have a motivation behind it. It’s like my version of the philosophy of “Hakuna Matata,” but it’s not necessarily about having no worries. It’s more about being able to look at the smallest things that are good, that can make me smile, that I might usually take for granted. This philosophy keeps me positive, keeps me on the ground (or clouds — both are good, either way), and keeps me alive. It might be the reason why I am still here today on this earth.

I woke up earlier than usual? Something to appreciate.

I walked under the rain, which I haven’t done in a while. It made me feel all nostalgic. Even though I got wet, it brought me such a peaceful feeling. Something to appreciate.

I only had one full meal for the day, but it was really delicious! Something to appreciate.

I looked up at the sky, and the sky was so clear. I haven’t done that in a while. Something to appreciate.

That neighborhood cat meowed back at me! Instant mood changer. Something to appreciate.

The rain waited for me to get home safely before it finally poured. Isn’t that the sweetest thing?

My landlady didn’t ask me any questions when I went out too late for school today. Phew.

I had a cold cup of great coffee today. Something to appreciate, even though I always have a cup of coffee almost every single day.

I met a former classmate on the jeepney, and we had a friendly talk. It made feel so good about myself afterwards, because I usually don’t converse with former acquaintances, but I was able to do it! Something to appreciate.

I found another video of my favorite singer singing one of my favorite songs. It made my night! Something to appreciate.

I took out the trash and delivered the laundry to the shop today. Two checks on my to-do list. Something to appreciate.

A stranger gave me a really heartwarming compliment today, or a stranger gave me a really warm smile, and I smiled right back. My day was made! Something to appreciate.

My little puppy baby ran to me oh so energetically today when I called for him. I’m in love. Something to appreciate.

…And so many more things!

A few years ago, I used to keep a gratitude journal. For every single day, I draw/doodle (or write in a cute way) all the good things that I am grateful for for that day. It was such a fulfilling thing to do, and it helped so much in boosting my moods and keeping me positive. Even though it’s not always a good day every day, it reminded me that there are still a lot of things to be thankful for in my daily life.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep it up after a few months, but years later, I discovered mood charts! Now, instead of a gratitude journal, I have a mood chart. It’s not the same thing, but to me, it basically serves the same purpose. Tracking my moods everyday motivates me to make the day a good day. And to me, a day is always good by default, unless something terrible really happens. Because, you already know, there are so much to be thankful for, so much to appreciate each day!

We take way too many things for granted. If it weren’t for that jeepney having a vacant seat, you would have been late for work or school, but you never notice that, because the jeepney is almost always vacant. When, finally, one day it’s full, only then you realize that it’s something in your daily life that is not permanently a good thing and that it could change any time. You take for granted that your rice cooker worked flawlessly this time, or your heater didn’t break, or your coffee didn’t burn your tongue and give you canker sores, or the meal you bought today didn’t give you food poisoning. So many little things — little things in our everyday life that are often too “normal” for us, but once a small thing — even the smallest one — is changed, there’s a big impact.

Keeping in touch with these small things, and recognizing their value in our lives, I think, is the key to a happier, more joyful, more positive life. I love making a big deal out of the smallest things that make me happy. Every good thing deserves a celebration!

Appreciate the little things! 🌹

4 Replies to “The Simple Art of Appreciation”

  1. Thank you for this post. I always seem to have been a negative thinker and you’ve given me tons of reasons to think of the positive and appreciate things. So for this, I appreciate you wrote this post so now I know to remember the little things in life that make things great.

  2. This is such a great post. Thank you for sharing it. It is so lovely to see that you look for the positives. Sometimes it can be difficult to do. By embracing that perspective you are training yourself to see the good in many different scenarios.

    I really like the idea of a mood tracker! Do you do this online or in a journal? 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, and you’re welcome. 🙂 You’re absolutely right! It’s not a natural thing and I still have to do it with conscious effort, but it’s very much worth it.

      It’s a physical journal. In the chart, I shade each box for each day with a color associated with the overall mood for the day. Like this! 😀

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