Have you ever read the memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, or perhaps watched the film? In that book, the author writes about a friend who, whenever she sees a beautiful place, exclaims in a near panic, "It's so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!" "It takes all my persuasive powers," writes the author, "to try to convince her that she is already here."
Often, we're so trapped in thoughts of the future or the past that we forget to experience, let alone enjoy, what's happening right now. It’s a strange paradox that we choose to spend such an inordinate amount of time dwelling in the past and dreaming of the future, especially given that we can neither alter the past, nor predict the future.
As we start a fresh year, forging new positive habits becomes even more significant. Here are some of our favorite tips on how to start living in the present and enjoy more of life.
Pay attention to the small things: It’s the little things in life that amaze and make you happy, like eating ice cream on a hot summer day, blowing bubbles in the park, listening to your favorite tunes or appreciating beautiful design, like the 360-degree watchband hinge on the YOGA™ 900S. This intricately designed hinge is composed of more than 800 individual pieces woven together with a sleek, metallic finish. Finding joy in little things, like appreciating art and unique designs, can make a huge difference in how we feel.
Smile: Recent research reports show that making an emotional face can influence how we feel.1 There is an association in our mind between how we feel and how we react. If we feel happy, we smile. If we smile, it makes us feel happy. Our face communicates our state of mind to others and to ourselves. So smile — it will make you happier and help you appreciate life in the moment.
Balance work and life: When work interferes with life we get burned out. Think about exploring with your boss if you’re able to spend less time in the office by working remotely or having flexible hours. Thanks to portable powerhouses like the new YOGA 900S you can be productive and connected wherever you choose to work, whether working through a long train commute in laptop mode, reading emails on the subway in tablet mode or jumping online at the coffee shop. Pair it with the ultra-slim YOGA Mouse that has a twist hinge so you can easily flex it from a computer mouse to a handy remote control for videos and presentations.
Travel: Broadening our horizons by taking trips, whether near or far, is a great way to develop character and become more open-minded and open-hearted. It’s also a great way to get away from the daily grind, while helping you appreciate what you have back at home. And thanks to the handy travel companion – YOGA 900S, the world’s thinnest convertible laptop2 – you can pack light and easily commute from Las Vegas to London on a single charge – balancing work and play!
Reflect on these four tips the next time you find yourself trapped in the past or future. We hope they were a good reminder to enjoy and make the most of everyday!
YOGA 900S 12-inch laptop starts at $1,099, available starting in March, 2016.3
The YOGA Mouse starts at $69.99 and will be available starting in January, 2016. 3
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1 According to Scientific American Mind magazine
2 Based on a review of the major PC manufacturer websites on November 18, 2015.
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