Being Happy With What You Have

Do you spend a lot of your time wishing you had more? More time, more money, more holidays? It’s easy to get caught up in the things we want, that we forget to appreciate the things we have.

By appreciating what you have right now, it’s going to make you much happier. The question is, how can you start appreciating and being happy with what you have? Below, you’ll discover some great tips to get you started.

Write a List of the Things You’re Grateful For

Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways you can start appreciating what you have. Experts suggest starting a gratitude journal, where you write a list of the things you’re grateful for each day. 

The goal is to start focusing the mind on more positive things. Rather than obsessing over the things you don’t have, you’re instead identifying and appreciating the things you do have in your life. 

It takes just a couple of minutes each day and can have a huge impact on your happiness.  


Another thing which can help is to become a volunteer. This allows you to see that there are people in a much worse position than you are. 

You could volunteer at a homeless shelter for example. Giving your time to those who are less fortunate can help you to realize just how lucky you are to have the things that you do. 

Live in the Moment

This is probably the most difficult tip to follow. However, learning to live in the moment can have a powerful impact on your happiness. 

When you’re focused on the past, you’re basically stressing out or making yourself unhappy over something that cannot be changed. When you focus on the future, you’re worrying or looking at things which haven’t even happened yet, and which may never happen. 

By living in the moment, you get to appreciate life a lot more. You aren’t weighed down by anxiety or regret. It’s a very freeing experience but it does take a lot of time and practice to develop.   

Downsize Your Life

This one is a little extreme, but it’s a great tip for those who have tried other strategies and failed. Downsizing your life means taking something away that you’re used to. So, it could be your phone, luxury groceries or that expensive holiday you take each year.

The goal is to take something away that you’d miss, so when you get it back, you’ll appreciate it more. 

It’s not always easy learning to appreciate what you have. However, the tips above can help you make a start in the right direction. As with everything, the more effort you put in, the more you’ll get back.