Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Miracles all around

Recently the Happify.com website featured a quote from Albert Einstein: "There are two ways to live: You can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle." The website post then asked which was more fun—"observing everything from the eyes of someone who's 'seen it all' before, or savoring the specialness to our everyday experiences."

Of course, you say, savoring makes us happier. Yes, it does. That does seem like a no-brainer.

However, I would ask you what your default mode is. Is it easier to see the cup half empty? Is it more tempting to let the naysayers around you carry the day? Or are you determined to stay as positive as possible no matter what comes your way? Are you the person who will try change the conversation to something more positive when people complain about everything from the weather to their neighbor's latest behavior? Do you try to find the silver lining?

It can take more intention and a bit more effort to savor "the specialness to our everyday experiences." Sometimes we simply take for granted day-to-day events and happenings. They don't seem special anymore. That's why it's helpful to live with an attitude of gratitude. Try to find at least a handful of things each day for which you're grateful. When you do that, you really do more savoring—you actually notice even more things for which to be grateful. What seemed ordinary before may well seem like a miracle to you.

I'm going with Einstein. How about you?

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