24 Jan Another happiness relevant tip from Lou Tice
It’s been a while since I relayed to you one of the wise and helpful happiness related tips penned by Lou Tice but today’s seemed to particularly strike a chord…so here it is and here’s to hoping it adds to your happiness!
Winner’s Circle Network with Lou Tice – 1/22/08 – “Combat Complacency”
One of the things that I constantly remind myself to do, is to be very aware of the good things in my life. It seems to be a part of human biological functioning to take good things for granted, especially those good things that are a part of our day-in, day-out lives.
You see, there is actually a part of our brain that is designed to screen out anything that isn’t hurtful, fearful, or physically moving. Many centuries ago, it helped our ancestors stay alive and get ready to fight or run away.
Nowadays, this brain function may have something to do with our neglect of the good but very familiar things in our lives. So is there anything we can do about it? How can we combat this complacency?
Well, for one thing we can become conscious! We can stimulate our own awareness by making lists of the things we are grateful for, and by deliberately thinking about what we value and take pleasure from.
We can express these feelings in words, or in other ways. We can express them openly, and in the process help others to remember their own reasons for gratitude. What are you grateful for in your life? How do you express your gratitude, and how often do you express it?
Are you taking your most important gifts for granted? If so, how could you change, and how soon?
The Pacific Institute