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Appreciating the Simple Things in Sobriety

In active addiction, we rarely took the time to “stop and smell the roses.” The simple beauty of life eluded us as we became more and more focused on feeding our addiction. Sobriety is a time when we can finally stop and look around us, appreciating all the simple things that life has to offers. Taking the time to feel gratitude for all the gifts we have been given in our recovery can keep us happy and motivated as we continue on our journey.

Allowing ourselves to appreciate the simple things in our lives can have a strong effect on our happiness and well-being. Dr. Linda Sapadin, in a PsychCentral article entitled Enjoying the Little Things in Life, explains, “They are what we will remember and appreciate when we reflect on days gone by. A little thing may be a fun evening with friends. It may be the joy of learning something new. It may be listening to the giggles of your kids. It may be the warm feeling you get when you’ve done a simple kindness for a friend or a stranger. It may be noticing nature bloom and blossom. If you neglect to enjoy these little things, what are you left with? It’s the daily struggles, the disappointments and the disasters that plop on our doorsteps when we least expect it.” In recovery, ruminating on the struggles and disappointments in our life can be disastrous for our sobriety. We will be in danger of falling into resentment, worry, and depression—common factors contributing to relapse.

By recognizing that our lives are a series of moments that we can appreciate, rather than allowing ourselves to get lost in past or future worry, we can maintain our sense of happiness and appreciation. In a 2012 Greater Good article entitled 10 Steps to Savoring the Good Things in Life, Stacey Kennelly suggests, “Try to turn off your conscious thoughts and absorb positive feelings during a special moment, such as taking in a work of art. Studies of positive experiences indicate that people most enjoy themselves when they are totally absorbed in a task or moment, losing their sense of time and place—a state that psychologists call ‘flow.’” Even a simple activity, like a walk or observing nature, can bolster our sense of appreciation and keep us aware of how grateful we are for our sobriety.

Serenity is possible in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists with spiritual guides and holistic experts to help you develop all the tools necessary to live a happy and full life in sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431