There will always be something to chase – a new car, job, TV, holiday, pair of shoes – whatever. No matter what you crave materialistically, there will always be someone who has more or better, someone will always have a better house, job, car. My personal favourite was talking to a guy who’d flown his jet from Australia to an airport in the south of France and was shattered by how much bigger all the other private jets were at that airport.
Our society is all about chasing the next whatever. The cost of that chase can be stress and anxiety that comes from the feeling of not being good enough, not having enough, and too many people get so caught in that chase for the future, they can overlook where they currently are and what they have right now.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with aspiration, but equally there’s nothing wrong with appreciation. The important thing to remember is they both have a place in our psyche and can live happily together. The problem for many people is they focus and worry a lot more about what they don’t have and give little thought to what they do have.
Fortunately, there’s a simple fix, anyone can do. Just take 1 minute every day to be thankful for what you have. Break the minute into two halves, one half focussed on the everyday things you’re grateful for – I have a job, I have a warm bed, I have a family who support me etc and then 30 seconds to think about the things that happened today to be thankful for – I had a great lunch, my workout was challenging but I finished, my kids cleaned their room – they don’t need to be big, just things that had meaning to you.
Appreciating what you have every day increases contentment and reduces anxiety without you actually having to do or buy anything – yep, it’s totally free and it only takes 60 seconds, once a day. So, give it a try tonight, you’ve got nothing to lose.