How to be Happier by Appreciating Now Instead of Worrying About the Past or the Future
Oppenheim said “the foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.”
Mindfulness is about looking at what is around us and under our feet rather than missing the “now” because we are worrying about the future.
One of our biggest challenges in life is focusing on what is right in front of us. We are either chasing the happiness that will come if all the stars align, or regretting the past where we made mistakes and didn’t do things we should have done.
Practicing Mindfulness is one way to experience the gift of the present. Observing and appreciating what we have and what is around us today helps us find peace. Having gratitude that we have made it where we are, sets us up for a better future by giving us hope and confidence.
Mindfulness has been shown to improve immune function as well as reduce muscle tension, headache, stress, anxiety, and depression.
To be more mindful, wear a rubber band around your wrist and pop it or move it to your other wrist every time you catch yourself worrying about something you did in the past or what might happen in the future. Stop and appreciate your surroundings. Give people your full attention when you are with them. Slow down and enjoy your food. Think about the smell, taste, and texture of every bite. Schedule electronics free zones and times so you can absorb your surroundings or just think without distraction.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Alice Morse Earle