Add more to the list, the more the better.
In no order of preference, here it goes mine…
Food, delicious food.
Lot’s of water.
To be loved.
Stand up paddle surfing.
Fruits falling from a tree.
Fruits on the ground.
Cuddling before sleep.
Cuddling after waking up.
Watching a movie.
Points of view.
Elephants. I like elephants.
In times when a little inspiration is needed we realise how lucky we are as it is everywhere.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you have many reasons to feel inspired. Even if there were things you were upset about, wished were different, better, fairer, etc, you could and should feel more inspired. We need inspiration to change what needs changing, to gear up our goals and projects. Being a realist is necessary, but try spending more time finding reasons to feel inspired and working on solutions to problems that you know exist, rather than complaining about them. Find a way to trick your brain into insights generation and ideation.
The way I do it is by accessing positive emotions I have experienced in the past. It’s as simple as acknowledging good things that happened to you and to be grateful for them. It can be as simple as that, trust me. But it requires constant practice. It’s just like learning a new skill. If you did it, and did it often, you’ll find yourself tapping into an endless pool of inspiration. Try it. What have you got to loose?
There is scientific evidence that Gratitude enhances positive emotion, hence, it makes you happier (see this and this). Positive emotions are inspiring, hence, you feel more creative. Creativity and Happiness? It sounds like a good deal!
I did not understand how gratitude worked until not long ago. I wasn’t very grateful. Now that I do, I can’t imagine living life without it. It changed everything.
How grateful are you? If you are curious, there is a psychological assessment to help you find out, it’s called Gratitude Questionnaire.
Can you think about reasons to be grateful? How about sources of inspiration?