It's The Little Things

Invest in the richness of your inner world and the connections you build with others. Savor the simple pleasures and the daily struggles as well. True happiness is not a fleeting moment but a conscious decision.

It's that time of the year. After the gifts you received or the shopping you did during the season. You come back to reality. To your daily routines. To your 'boring' life, as so many describe it.

How amazing does it feel when you get new, shiny things? That sweet dopamine rush.

And then, it fades away. Your brain normalizes having such material possessions and soon starts wanting something new. That’s the nature of the mind.

It has always happened and it always will. The hedonic treadmill, they call it. The 'tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.'

And so, you shouldn’t depend on receiving gifts or buying things or accumulating possessions or traveling often to be content. Remind yourself that, although all those expensive gifts, special events, all those cool new gadgets make your life better in certain ways, happiness comes from within. Happiness is a choice. You don’t really need more stuff. You don’t need your house to be perfect. You don’t need more than you already have to find meaning in life.

"It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most," sings Zac Brown Band in their song Chicken Fried. "Not where you live, what you drive, or the price tag on your clothes."

As you navigate through the ordinary moments of your life, remember that "there's no dollar sign on a peace of mind." Beyond the temporary excitement of possessions and events, find solace in the simplicity of everyday joys. Because that’s where most of your time will be spent, doing mundane things. Find the magic in the moments that come day in and day out. Stop anticipating the holidays and make each day feel like one.

Embrace the little things that make life extraordinary. “See the sun rise, see the love in your woman's eyes, feel the touch of your precious child," they sang. Choose to be present, find gratitude in the mundane, and cultivate joy from within. Challenge the notion that more stuff equals more happiness.

Instead, invest in the richness of your inner world and the connections you build with others. Savor the simple pleasures and the daily struggles as well. True happiness is not a fleeting moment but a conscious decision.

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