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“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” Seneca
Not long ago, while I was watching a video on the universe, I realized how incredible it was to be on this small planet we call earth; how incredible to be floating through space and to realize that I was floating through the immensity of a galaxy. What an opportunity it is to just experience life and to be aware of. To appreciate what I have daily. Appreciation makes me feel alive.
Do you know that it’s really impossible to be happy without being grateful for what you already have? It’s impossible to be grateful and appreciative of your partner without recognizing the contribution your partner is making. There is no true appreciation without this. And, without appreciation the relationship will scour as you’ll focus on your partners shortcomings. Appreciation can make you feel alive, happy, and content.
The road to satisfaction is paved with appreciation of what your partner contributes, an acknowledgement of the shortcomings in yourself that you need to work on, and doing those things that your partner appreciates.
Appreciation needs to be programmed in. It’s worth it – everyone feels better. I personally feel much more alive, happy and content when I am aware of the good in this world and in others. How about you?
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living, If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.” Tecumseh
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