Simple steps to appreciating the little things
My friend Kally told me recently she felt as though she had forgotten how to enjoy herself. This got me thinking, and I realised that from time to time, this is something we all experience.
The good news is we don’t need to take hugely drastic action to change this around. Joy and fun can easily be found in little, every day things and we should be kind to ourselves by taking time to allow ourselves to notice them.
I make sure to spend quality time outside each day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, to notice the every day beauty of the natural world, even here, in the heart of a city. You can (and should) allow yourself a moment to enjoy just sitting and being amongst it all in your nearest patch of green.
For a quick lunch break mindfulness-inspired exercise, try this: get out somewhere beautiful.
Your task once you’ve taken it all in is then to vividly describe this place to a friend who hasn’t been there. The purpose of your report would be to inspire them and make them want to go there and experience it for themselves. Given the opportunity, what would you say? Painting a lifelike words picture will help you notice the beauty and wonder of your surroundings.
Yesterday I took Kally to the park and we watched dogs playing, clouds scudding and birds flying. We talked about the colours of the roses. It was an hour very well spent.
So why not grab a friend in need of a break, get out there and see the wonder which surrounds you at first hand? Our world is amazing, so let yourself enjoy the best lunchtime of your week.
The Little Book of Wonder (£7.99, Orion Spring) is out now