Finding meaning in our daily lives can often seem all but impossible, and it’s easy to blame modern society for the sense of disconnectedness we feel. But however hectic our lives may become, we can always choose to step away from the hustle and bustle and rediscover the underlying simplicity that has remained unchanged throughout the technological explosions of the modern age.
Here are just a couple of things that we can all step back and appreciate:
Family and Friends
Our family and friends can be the single greatest gift we have in our daily lives. What’s better than sharing a good laugh or a meaningful moment with someone you care about? We often overlook the importance of family and friends, but if we can adjust our perspective to one of appreciation for those close to us, our everyday experiences will feel much more complete.
As much as technology might seem to be at fault for the anxiety in our lives, its association with stress isn’t always deserved. Technology can actually provide a great avenue for enjoying and appreciating the everyday things that we would all do well to rediscover. For instance, the portability of cameras and camera phones now allows us to snap photographs of sunsets, kids and just about anything else whenever the mood strikes. And it’s now so easy to view and share our pictures that the experience of looking back at times past can be an easy and stress-free enjoyment in itself.
A return to basics can help you feel more grounded and in touch with the things that really matter. And the nice thing is that the simple things in life aren’t expensive. For as much money as you might spend purchasing expensive cars or homes, those things still wouldn’t provide the satisfaction that you can get just by stepping back and finding some appreciation for what you already have.
Annie Idea is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for the short term loans company, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.