I’ll be happy when… Sometimes I find myself saying those words and not appreciating the now.
- I will be happy when I have more money
- I will be happy when I lose weight
- I will be happy when I finish school
- I was happy when I lived in Atlanta
- I was happy when I had a full-time job
- I was happy when I traveled
I forget to remember the importance of living in the present. If I focus on the past and my desired future, I will miss out on the things that make me happy right now in the present.
To keep me grounded and appreciative, I try to often write in my positive aspects journal. I’ve mentioned it in previous blog posts, it is a notebook where I write positive things only. I start the first line of the page with “Positive aspects of [insert date],” I then proceed to write all the positive things that happened in that day or I start the list line of the page with “Positive aspects of [insert person, place, thing] and then I proceed to write about the positive things about that person, place or thing.
Often, when I feel down, I will go my positive aspects book and read old entries. It is a great reminder of all my blessings. Or sometimes I listen to uplifting music, like the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
Do you ever feel yourself drifting from the present and into the past and future? What do you do about it?
An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.
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