Why You Should Appreciate Life As It Is

Why You Should Appreciate Life As It Is

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In the process of chasing after bigger accomplishments and hoping for a happier future, we often tend to overlook all the wonderful things already present in our lives.

While working on improving yourself and hoping for a better future is certainly important, you must also appreciate your life as it is.

When you are not grateful for your life, you tend to compare yourself to others, focus on the lack and become unhappy with your life.

Here are some reasons why you should be grateful and appreciate your life as it is.

1. Then you can appreciate what you get.

If you develop a mindset of gratitude and appreciate the things you already have, you will be more appreciative of the things you get in the future.

If you don't value your life right now and if you keep chasing more and better things, you will never be satisfied with your life, no matter what you achieve.

You will keep looking for more things if you never learn to be happy with what you have. If you wait for "better" times to appreciate your life, you will be waiting forever.

However, when you appreciate your life as it is, you enjoy the journey instead of always worrying about the outcome.

2. It reminds you of your hard work.

Often in the pursuit of achieving the next goal, we tend to forget about the hard work that we have put into our journey. Not being appreciative of the work you have done makes you undermine yourself and feel demotivated.

By appreciating your life as it is, you feel motivated to work harder. You acknowledge the hard work that helped you achieve your goals. This motivates you to take more risks.

When you think about what you have achieved until now, it pushes you forward. Be proud of the improvements you have made and celebrate even your seemingly small achievements.

3. It makes you happier.

When you are happy with what you have, you don't continuously focus on things you don't have. You stay content and cherish everything you have got. You don't focus on the negative aspects of your life.

When things don't work out the way you want, you don't get excessively stressed. You stay calm and look at the brighter side of things. You realize that many people out there don't have the same things that you might take for granted.

Instead of incessantly complaining about your life, you work on finding ways to overcome obstacles in your life.

4. You learn to overcome obstacles.

Appreciating your life also means accepting the negative aspects of your life. Instead of resisting difficult situations, and being negative, focus on what you can learn from them. 

Even if things are not the way you imagined, learn to see the good in every situation, and not get demotivated.

As a result, you become stronger and adopt a more positive attitude toward unpleasant situations.

Things won't always be perfect, and negative experiences are a part of life, but that doesn't mean your life is worthless. 

With the right perspective, you can make the most out of a bad situation and evolve into a wiser person. This allows you to make better decisions. You learn to be at peace with your life and yourself.

5. It makes you stay in the present moment.

When you stay in the present moment, you don't get negatively affected by your past experiences and fear of the future. You focus on the present and work toward your goals.

Instead of being passive and waiting for great things to happen to you, you actively seek opportunities to better yourself and reach your goals.

Pause, look and celebrate your life.

Appreciation for your life as it is makes you feel more alive and happier. 

What are some ways in which a person can appreciate their life a little more?

Share your ideas with me in the comments section below.

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  1. Excellent post! My social worker reminded me that thinking too much about the future produces anxiety, and dwelling on the past can produce depression. I especially appreciate # 2. Acknowledging and celebrating achievements big and small is so important! Some days, just getting out of bed is a big accomplishment!! I tend to be too hard on myself, but I have to stop and remember that so many things are out of my control, and I have to share this world with other imperfect people, who are just doing the best they can. Thank you for the post!!

    1. I'm so glad this post resonated with you, Rebecca! And you're right. If we could take a moment to see the good in life instead of worrying about things that aren't in our control, we'd be much happier. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it. :)


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