Valuing Your Time

Have you ever wished that you had more time for something or someone? There isn’t time for everything and we don’t know how much time we have, so we must respect time and prioritize the things that matter most. Increase your happiness and gratitude by using your time wisely.

Work is a huge priority for most people, but what about family and friends? Set work aside and arrange a weekly date night with your spouse. Visit someone who you value having in your life, but haven’t seen in a while. Call someone you used to be close with. Enjoy a monthly outing with your family. Spend more time with the people you value because the benefits are great.

When we don’t value time and prioritize the most meaningful things, we could end up feeling regret or grief. The opportunity was missed and it can’t be re-done. A friend or family member could become ill and unable to spend time with you like you wanted. There could be a friend or family death and you wish that you spoke with them more. Don’t wait for opportunities, take action, because even though you can heal from regret and grief, you should take advantage of the present time.

Do you have something that you’ve always wanted to do before you die? We don’t know how much time we have, so it is best to take action now. Travel to National Parks that you’ve always wanted to visit. Write that book that you’ve been thinking about for years. Apply to be a contestant on your favorite game show. Go see the world’s largest waterfall. Learn, grow and follow your dreams. Maybe involve the people you care about in your goals.

Work will always be there, but time for the things and people who matter most will not. Don’t miss opportunities to do what you truly value in life, create the opportunity yourself. Spend your time wisely, it will increase happiness and gratitude, you (and others) will be glad that you did.

Gerard Hiking Trail, Oil Creek State Park, PA

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