"You don't need a reason to feel good - you're alive; you can feel good for no reason at all."
- Tony Robbins
When you start to notice, there are actually so many things to be grateful for; there's simply no time to pay attention to the useless shit in life. Like facebook drama, celebrity gossip, or what color cup is politically correct (I hope to death that one has blown over by now...). Instead, why not focus on the fact that you have food to eat? Or a warm place to sleep?
Some things I'm personally grateful for:
- Warm water to take a shower in.
- Living in a country that isn't plagued by disease or violence.
- Having a job and an income.
- Being healthy and able to learn and grow to achieve my goals.
- BEING ALIVE, AND THUS ABLE TO EXPERIENCE ALL THE GOOD THAT COMES WITH IT.
You see, you can't experience anything enjoyable without being alive. Nothing is experienced when you are not alive as far as I know, so why not appreciate what you have? Furthermore, why (when you have the choice) not focus ONLY on the good things in life? Why would you WANT to be distressed over things that truly (in the grand scheme of things) DO NOT MATTER?!
I know I sure don't. I enjoy pleasure far too much to be preoccupied by pain.
Pain is meant to be treated and overcome, not wallowed in. Therefore: take no more time than is necessary to deal with what is causing you pain (if you can) and then move on. If you can't deal with what is causing the pain, then it's even more useless to focus on the pain because it'll never change.
Bottom line: gratitude is key. Not just to enjoying life, but to realizing that life is very limited. We could die at any moment, so every moment we are here is a good one.