How to appreciate your body, right now

You know that amazing feeling the day after you've been sick? Here's how to notice it everyday.

How to appreciate your body, right now

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This is a Daily Moment—short perspectives on life and times through a dad’s eye.

I’ve been sick all week. Nothing serious, just a persistent cold with shifting throat aches, sneezing, and coughing.

And today I woke up nearly symptom-free. Not perfect, but at least awake again. And it felt great.

Normally our bodies work just fine. And when things are working, we don’t really notice them. Rather than appreciating a well functioning body, we just ignore it.

So maybe a little sick is good for us. Not just because it reflects our bodies’ impressive defense systems. But as a reminder of how well things work most of the time.

On the other hand, it sucks when you’re not feeling well. So rather than going out and getting ill, take a moment to recall a time you were sick. It doesn’t really matter what kind of sick it was, as long as it was unpleasant. Got it? Good.

Now take a moment to appreciate that you don’t have it right now. And then, thank your body for being there.

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