Troubled? Stressed? Worried? A new study suggests people are happier when they take time to appreciate the good things in life. “Stop and smell the roses” may be a cliché, but new research suggests it's sound advice for finding satisfaction in life.
Instead of rambling on about your horrible day, think about the small, pleasant things that made you smile. Was it that cupcake your friend gave you? Or the appreciative nod from a co-worker? Whenever you feel down in the dumps or stressed out, stop for a minute and think about anything that made you happy.
I had a horrible day! I have so much homework, a test coming up, and I almost failed an exam!
On the other hand, my teacher praised me today for good work.
Stopping and smelling the roses could also mean to not get so caught up in the worries and problems of life and take time to admire the simple beauty of nature and the simple everyday pleasures.
My boss wants me to drive a 5 hour trip to the city!
On the other hand, the view sure is beautiful, and I've heard there are some pretty rose gardens along the way.
Or if you are annoyed at doing something, think about the positive things that come with doing it.
Ugh! I am so tired and I would just like to watch some TV, but I have to take my dog for a walk.
On the other hand, I do need some fresh air, and it's good exercise.
Do it right now. Close your eyes and think about it! It can be anything from a smile to a special gift. It doesn't matter that the saying is cliche and hackneyed, it might just have a little truth.
Sometimes a compliment, a praise, a smile or a hug makes your day. It does feel good when someone takes the time to tell you how much they appreciate you and care about you. So wouldn't make your day if you made someone else's day? I sure would feel great if I put a smile on someone's face when they're feeling upset.
So next time someone seems annoyed, frustrated, hurt or bothered, try and cheer them up. Compliment a friend who's having a bad day. Hug a sibling who is dismayed. Share a piece of cake with someone who looks like they need some.
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