In Tahitian Choreographies, author Vicki Corona wrote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Often, these breathtaking moments remain unrecognised, or even unappreciated. In search of something big, we sometimes lose out on such underrated things of life. If only, we would pause and appreciate these moments, we’d create more value in our lives.
When we are busy wondering what the future holds, or lamenting over the past, we become blind to the present where true happiness lies. As Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart: “Life is available only in the present.” To live in the present is to hold on to the little moments that pass us by now and then; it is to appreciate the underrated joys of life that go unnoticed, more often than not.
Here’s a list of the seven most underrated things that could make your life more joyful.
Waking up minutes before the alarm goes off
Waking up on time and starting the day early is a common struggle. The moment the alarm goes off, your first instinct is to hit the snooze button and grab every minute of sleep that you can get. But then come those rare mornings when we wake up just a few minutes before the alarm goes off. It is one of those triumphant moments that leaves a broad, confident smile on your face. What better way to start your day than this?
Getting appreciated for a job well done
Who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done? When someone appreciates and values what you do all the hard work and perseverance pay off. A sense of confidence surges within and nothing seems impossible anymore. All the self-doubt and inhibition are transformed into conviction. This confidence sometimes wears off as the day passes and you get busy with other responsibilities. Remind yourself of the joy that these little underrated things bring you. This pleasant feeling stays with you, helping you overcome the challenges you face.