the habit of fully appreciating the present moment

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • being unappreciative
  • being lost in the clouds
  • being unattentive
  • turning your back on things

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it

  • Fred B. Bryant & Joseph Veroff recommend these five techniques: 1) sharing with others (verbally), 2) build memories, 3) self-congratulate, 4) sharpen perceptions (pay attention to details), 5) absorption (attention).

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Inspirational quotes

  • “The secret of happiness? Enjoy small pleasures.” —Samuel Smiles