Affirmations have grown in popularity recently as a way of feeling happier and more positive, but how effective are they? The idea of an affirmation is you tell yourself each day “I am worthy of love” or “I will make the most of today,” etc. There’s nothing wrong with affirmations, but for some, they can simply mask a troubled state of mind. Here’s another, more mindful practice you can adopt that will continue to cultivate joy and positivity the more you do it.
Practice Daily Appreciation
It is a very human habit to focus more attention on what’s missing, or lacking, or not going our way. The mind seems to be magnetically attracted to the negative. This feeling of lack triggers a need to compensate or to look outside ourselves for happiness.
By practicing daily appreciation you retrain the mind to notice more of the beautiful things in life, both great and small. A warm cup of tea or coffee in your hand is a blessing – just think about how far those coffee beans or tea leaves traveled. Everything from our health, clean running water, the people in your life, are all things worth appreciating. Think about what you love about your character, your body, and your talents. Pay more attention to everything your partner does out of care for you, rather than what they don’t do.
Another kind of appreciation is to think about the things you don’t have in your life. A debilitating illness, hunger, or natural disasters. People all over the world are experiencing those things this very moment.
When you recognize everything you have to be grateful for, you begin to bloom. Life looks more beautiful, and the dark corners of your mind are brighter. You recognize just how loved you really are, to have all your needs taken care of. Don’t let the world trick you into thinking you have less or you’re somehow behind everyone else. Trust me when I say that if you fully appreciate everything you have, you’ll possess the treasure that everyone else is searching for: contentment.