It's easy to forget how good we have it and instead focus on all the little things that go wrong in our lives. This 20-minute exercise can help you appreciate what you have and help you keep your house tidy.
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You can be much happier when you find appreciation in the people and things you surround yourself with. The problem is that we start to take things for granted because we get used to what we have. Jennifer Hunter at Apartment Therapy found an easy way to practise the kind of gratitude that allows you to find contentedness in what you have:
I decided to be grateful for every single thing I was cleaning and see if it made me happier while I worked. I rinsed the dishes and I admired the beautiful plates that I've used while sharing so many laughs with my friends and family. While I was scrubbing at some old food with my nail, I remembered how great it is to have food to put on those plates in the first place. Not everyone does. I put them in the dishwasher and noted how lucky I am to live in a time of modern conveniences... In 20 minutes I felt better than I had in a long, long time AND had a clean home, which just felt like a nice bonus.
Cleaning has become such a mindless task for most us, but it can be a great opportunity to really take in what makes our life more efficient and comfortable. So clean, and clean efficiently, but think about what you're cleaning. In 20 minutes you might just find some extra happiness you didn't know was there.
An Easy, Do-It-Today Prescription for a Clean & Happy Home [Apartment Therapy]