One of the most important mindsets to have is appreciation because it’s one of the easiest ways to stay positive. Being appreciative can take many forms, from a simple “thank you” to someone who held the door open to an entire meditation devoted to a certain thought.
Appreciating other people not only makes them feel good, but you too. Mother Teresa said that “in the simple act of giving, you receive” and it really couldn’t be more true. The simple act of recognising when someone does something special for you not only makes the other person feel appreciated, but reinforces in yourself that someone did something nice. How could this not set off a cycle of kind actions?
I try to take time as often as I can to express appreciation not only for people around me, but also for things. It seems silly, but to me it is calming to honor everything’s purpose in life. I like to appreciate a nice bed to sleep in or a hot cup of soup when it’s cold outside. Perhaps a bed or a cup of soup can’t tell that I am saying “thank you,” but I find that I enjoy these things even more when I think about them with gratitude.
Appreciating serendipity and setbacks is something that I think is very underrated. I don’t believe in luck as much as I do the power of positive thinking, but sometimes the smallest thing can cause a huge shift in your life. I also don’t think that “everything happens for a reason,” but you usually can make the best of nearly any situation so that it turns out in your favor. I had a bit of a negative experience with a particular professor once, and though initially I was angry and disillusioned, it caused me to really re-evaluate my plans at university which resulted in a decision to graduate a year early to take an incredible job opportunity. It’s not true that “one door shuts, another one opens,” because that’s assuming that some higher power is just going to hand you an opportunity. It’s more like “one door shuts, so you need to find yourself another way out of the room.” Obviously initially, setbacks are unfortunate- but with the right mindset even they can turn into something worth appreciating. Sometimes the universe has ways of nudging us in a direction that we may not have seen before.
Of course, the most important thing to appreciate is life in general. Being able to wake up in the morning really is something amazing. No matter what gets thrown at you on any given day, appreciate it and own it!
Namaste, and I appreciate you for reading my blog =)