Thursday, March 19, 2009

Appreciation Is a Skill.

Sky Palette by Nicholas_T

Appreciation, like gratitude is an often over-looked tool for happiness. Think about it for a moment. How many times in a day, are you appreciative for a kindness someone does for you, or the good service you have received?

Do you notice when a waitress is courteous and timely, refills your drinks without asking and gives you plenty of napkins? Are you aware when other vehicles melt out of your way and lights turn green before you reach them?

What about other everyday items that you take for granted? The kiss from you spouse before you leave for work, or dinner on the table by 6pm. Kids that are doing their homework and get at least most of their chores done each week. Do you recognize the good things you have while their happening?

Appreciation can lead to a more satisfying life. When you notice the good things in life; efficient cashiers, a kind coworker, cherry blossoms in bloom or even your own good health, you feel good.

Appreciation is a gift. It makes us focus on the beauty of the sun, the birds singing in the trees, the wonder of the emerald grass and cobalt sky above. It heightens our enjoyment of simple things like receiving a hug, hearing a child’s laughter or saying the words “I love you.”

Because of our fast-paced lives and the time demands of our jobs, children and personal responsibilities, appreciation helps us be aware of the numerous wonders and beauty that surround us every day. It helps us count our blessings – we have plentiful food, clean water, a warm bed and time to relax and treasure it.

If you want to be more positive and optimistic, take time to appreciate what you have. Your family, friends and coworkers. Your job and steady paycheck. Your health. The conveniences that make life easier – washer & dryer, microwave, TV, CD player, and car. The variety of items for sale in your local grocery store and favorite department store.

During these stressful times when many people are feeling fearful and scared, the power of appreciation can help us to see a variety of people, places and things to be thankful for. Now is when your ability to observe the numerous blessings that still surround you is more important than ever.

"Let us rise up and be thankful,

for if we didn't learn a lot today,

at least we learned a little,

and if we didn't learn a little,

at least we didn't get sick,

and if we got sick,

at least we didn't die;

so, let us all be thankful." – Buddha

Also check out: Appreciation in Action