I got some wonderful news at the end of last week.
My news was health-related and something that had been concerning me for some time.
When I received the news I was happy and relieved yet my good fortune felt overshadowed by everything else going on around me. Suddenly it dawned on me that we can receive positive news (that we have sometimes been waiting on for a long time) and not truly acknowledge it.
It wasn’t until I became aware of this that I made a concentrated effort to be happy and grateful.
Here are my tips for savoring those precious moments (no matter how little some of them might be).
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Take a deep breath
Sometimes we are so busy racing around, the good news doesn’t even sink in. Instead, it washes straight over us.
Taking a deep breath and letting it all sink in can go a long way to appreciating how grateful we are.
Take a moment
When I realized I needed to take a moment for myself, I sat out in my garden sipping a cup of tea and spending time with my cat.
For starters spending time with him always anchors me in the present.
Being in the present, without thinking about the past or worrying about the future, gives us the perfect opportunity to be thankful.
Express your thanks and gratitude
People express their gratitude in different ways.
Some say thanks to God or whatever higher force or power they believe in. Others write in their journal, connect with nature in some way, or share the good news with loving family and friends.
Depending on the news itself, you may choose to celebrate in a more lavish manner. However, your choice isn’t important – what’s important is the acknowledgment and expression of gratitude.
Make a list
When we are feeling a bit down, we often start to think about all of the things that are not going right. We make a mental list or verbalize our list to other people about the negative things in our lives.
Getting good news is the time to turn being negative on its head. It’s the perfect time to stop complaining.
Getting good news is a time to make up a list of positives – a list of all the wonderful things in your life.
What not to do
Don’t just rush onto the next problem or issue.
To be honest, that’s what I did originally.
I had so many other things weighing on my mind, it was like ticking my news off my to-do list and going on to the next item.
They didn’t find any cancer cells – tick – moving on.
Just typing that sentence brings back into focus how important it is to celebrate good news even when other things in our lives might not be the way we want them.
Take the time to be thankful for all of the positive aspects of your life.
Be grateful for all of your good news!
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