At the end of the day, what do you remember? What stories do you tell your partner or friends? And more importantly, what stories do you repeat over and over again to yourself?
Without realizing it, we choose to remember specific moments, and then we continue to live them for minutes or even hours after they’ve passed. And it’s safe to say that most of us are constantly watching the negative movies that our mind is busy producing and replaying for us.
Although these are the memories of the mind, they actually affect your entire person. And when we remember the negative, we often feel bad about it, don’t we? Our emotions sink lower and our physical body suffers, too. Resentment and anger can go hand in hand with problems like digestive issues and muscle tension. Without realizing it, we choose to not only remember the negative, but to keep it alive, too.
But what if you chose to remember everything and anything that brought you pleasure, peace, and happiness? Do you remember the handmade latte you got at your favorite coffee shop or the cold ride into work? Your favorite song on the radio or the traffic jam? What about the home you came home to, instead of the job you left?
The act of being grateful and consciously appreciating things – anything! – fills our heart with the best sort of memories, and it kicks off an infectious ripple effect of joy throughout our entire being. You have the choice to remember anything, but what will make your heart beat with happiness?