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.

Sometimes people become so busy chasing what they want that they take what they already have for granted. 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.

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!

Keep Reminders

If you want to take charge of your personal happiness, sometimes it can help to keep written reminders. For instance, you can write out a daily gratitude list or keep a journal, recording five to ten things that made you happy or fulfilled each day. They can be simple, such as the joke that made you laugh, the cool breeze outside, or the tasty meal you had at lunch. Doing this in the evening before bed can help you end your day on a light note.

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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