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How to Not Take Things For Granted

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Don't let the best things in life get past you. We partnered with DOVE® Chocolate to show you how to take advantage of those little moments.

Start living life to the fullest by learning how to not take the little things for granted. You know, that "stop and smell the roses" mentality. There are so many moments that are easily overlooked, and the potential to optimize every day is there, you just have to know where to look for it. Ahead, we're rounding up astoundingly easy ways to gain more satisfaction, seize the moment, and take advantage of little pleasures.

1. Give yourself a good stretch in the morning

Morning can be the most hectic part of the day, and people often don't take a moment to realize how much of a blessing it is to wake up with the exciting potentials that await. Instead of rushing out of bed, open your eyes and do some simple stretches. Start with your legs, then work your way up. Finish off with a nice deep breath and start the day.

2. Take candid photos on your way to work

Whether you live in a big city like New York or you call a rural town in the Midwest home, there's inspiration all around you. We could all use a little more inspiration while commuting, so go crazy and take some snaps of your surroundings. On your way home, revisit the album and take a look at the shots from earlier in the day. You may be surprised by the surprising moments you've captured.

3. Stop for coffee and talk to the person next to you

If you make a coffee pit stop every morning, it's likely you've routinely shuttled in and out with your order in hand on autopilot. Instead of rushing to your next destination, whether it be the office or elsewhere, take advantage of the moment and strike up a conversation with the person behind you in line. Making a connection bright and early will leave you feeling better throughout the rest of your day.

4. Enjoy a sweet snack break with a work friend

Steaming ahead all day long can be exhausting, and you deserve a nice break in between all of your hard work. Stop what you're doing and encourage a friend to do the same. Head to a common area or for a walk outside and take a sweet nosh with you, like a piece of chocolate. There are many benefits of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and can even help lower blood pressure.

5. Pack up your leftovers and give them to someone less fortunate

Have you ever devoured a big meal and surrendered the leftovers to your waiter? Next time, box up the remnants and take them with you. Instead of stashing them in your fridge only to be forgotten, hand them to someone less fortunate on your way home. Being actively aware of the fact that you can dine out while others can't will give you a whole new level of appreciation.

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