How to Actually Enjoy Your Stuff – The Appreciation Test

How to Appreciate What You Have
How to Appreciate What You Have

What are you thankful for? Are you perfectly content in your lifestyle or do you want more? We all have dreams about where we want to go and who we want to become — but basing your happiness around what you haven’t yet achieved can be exhausting and leave you with a lack of fulfillment at the end of the day. Learning to appreciate the good in your life rather than focusing on what could be better can help you keep a more positive outlook and increase your day to day joy.

Quotes That Will Make You Feel More Grateful

“No. We don’t always get what we want. But consider this: there are people who will never have, what you have, right now.”

~ Unknown

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.”

~ Epicurus

“The Universe loves grateful people. The more grateful you are, the more you get to be grateful about. It’s that simple. Life is really that simple. We make it enormously complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.”

~ Louise Hay

“The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.”

~ Walt Disney

“I will forever remain humble because I know I could have less. I will always be grateful because I know I’ve had less.”

~ Unknown

“If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happier with more?”

~ Unknown

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never ever have enough.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”

~ Imam Ali

“I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.”

~ Zig Ziglar

“You may think the grass is greener on the other side, but if you took time to water your own grass it would be just as green.”

~ Unknown

If you’re still struggling to feel grateful, try this simple exercise:

Give it Up

Consider giving up something that you enjoy for a few days. It could be your morning coffee, your reading time with a good book, or even social media. Consider the little things that you don’t usually think about and cut them out of your life. It may seem silly at first, but pretty soon you’ll probably start missing the thing you gave up. If you miss it, you’re likely to appreciate it all the more when you go back to it. This is a great exercise to get you thinking about the positives you have in your life.

Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone!

Sometimes the greatest joys can come from the places we rarely remember to look. You can make the most out of every day by living in the present and loving what’s in front of you.


What do you appreciate that you can’t live without?

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