“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
It’s the little things that sometimes go unnoticed, but it’s the little things that count the most .In this hustle bustle how many have taken time to sit down and pat our back? When you keep pushing yourself to do things, we might start to doubt the purpose as to why we are pushing ourselves, all of a sudden, things that were fun slowly start to become heavy, which might lead to exhaustion. Now how can we love and get the energy as that spark that lost its color and has become faint?
We might try to motivate ourselves by looking at the bigger picture. But have you ever thought how the pieces join to make The Bigger Picture. We sometimes underestimate the influence of little things, especially in this fogged up era with all the competition and the expectations from the society.
The only thing we have in our control that we could tweak is our thought, and of course it’s difficult to change thoughts and have a different perspective. But since we have control over it, doesn’t this mean we can reignite that inner flame which was lost. It’s not how many matches I need to light a flame, but it’s that one match that can do the job, hence it’s not quantity but quality that matter. In the same manner just a small gesture to appreciate someone, could be the one that could make your heart tick and spark a light.
When we look at the flip side of the picture we start to notice, that being happy and enjoying what you really do plays a major role in sustainability. We can have the potential to change many other lives just by being ourselves. What better gift can we give to our loved ones, than to help them become happy?, as you could become the reason to bring smile on others face. A message saying “hope you are doing well”, speaking to a childhood friend after a long time recollecting those childhood memories that are edged in your mind, Watching your pet sleep, exercising and eating a healthy diet or even random act of kindness / gratitude Doesn’t it bring a change in you?.These acts improve our health both physically and mentally.
Psychologists have in fact scientifically proven that gratitude is considered as a major contributing factor in terms of overall happiness. As success does not always lead to happiness, rather happiness is the key to success. Just a take a step back and think about what makes you happy?
Think about someone who has influenced you in your life or someone that was there for you when you need them the most. In doing so recollect the memories and think why this person is important to you. You could just write a small paragraph about it Now for the fun part call them up or leave a message, writing all those memories and ending with letting them know how important they are. This might look like a small yet difficult thing but trust me it will all be worth it.
This study showed that people who did actually read the paragraph by MAKING A CALL ,scored higher on the happiness test, whereas the people who COULDN’T MAKE THE PHONE CALL but just wrote the paragraph also showed improvement in scores. Thus it shows that expressing your gratitude will make a difference. This means that particularly if you are having a tough time, trying this out will more likely have a greater impact on you.
Its not occasional grand achievements, but the little things that fill our daily lives like different colors that add up to a rainbow.
This article was written by our Intern Asma Khader