One way I have learned to add more gratitude, peace & joy to my life is by focusing on beauty. It’s quite easy to do, too, since beauty is all around us! I have folders of beautiful images on my tablet. Flowers, beautiful homes, art, or anything that strikes my fancy. Looking at these lovely images helps me to feel more peaceful & happy. My anxiety levels go down, too. I even become more appreciative.
Why beauty has such a profound effect, I’m not sure, but I thoroughly enjoy it! Why don’t you give it a try as well? Start noticing the beauty around you. Look at the flowers in your garden. Really study them. Focus on the lovely colors & graceful curve of the leaves & petals. Animals are beautiful too- watch the graceful way a lion moves as he walks or listen to the haunting but beautiful sound of a wolf howl.
Museums are a wonderful place to take in some beauty. I’ve noticed that after seeing some stunning paintings by Claude Monet (my favorite painter) at the museum, I started appreciating other beautiful things more. I’ve never been a fan of modern art, but even so, after enjoying Monet’s paintings, I could see a beauty in it that I never saw before. It seems to me that once you start really appreciating beauty, you start to see it everywhere. At least I did.
One interesting place to find beauty is also old cemeteries. I absolutely love them! They are so full of history if you read the headstones, but there is also much beauty there as well. Old headstones are often much more elaborate than modern day ones. Westminster cemetery in Baltimore where Edgar Allan Poe is buried is an amazing place!