Whether you are reading this while sitting at your computer or on some sort of hand-held device I want you to take a moment and look and listen to what is going on around you.
Find something you consider to be beautiful or, at least, pleasant. It could be a painting or photo, a song, a pleasant physical sensation, something that smells good, or even a taste.
Focus on it for a moment. Why do you find it to be a positive focus? Your answer can be anything that makes sense to you.
What you’ve just done is smell the roses.
You’ve heard the timeless advice, “Take time to smell the roses.” The simple exercise you completed is a practical example of smelling the roses. And, if you are like most people, it probably only took about two minutes, if that.
Here’s the best part: In an instant, you made yourself healthier. Taking short bits of time to experience something pleasurable activates parts of our brains that then pump out chemicals like serotonin, relaxing us and making us healthier.
You don’t have to go to Hawai’i to experience beauty, it might be a foot away right now.