A new study suggests that people who have gone through divorce and coped with the death of a loved one, are better equipped to enjoy the little things in everyday life in the long-run.
The study, which was published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, found people who have previously dealt with pain are more able to enjoy transient pleasures.
The researchers wrote: ‘Individuals who had dealt with more adversity in the past reported an elevated capacity for savouring.’
The study seems to support the maxim ‘that which does not kill us makes us stronger’ and enables people who have gone through difficult circumstances to appreciate small pleasures more easily.
How true. Being able to move freely, the simple act of walking, going out to the sun gives me a kind of pleasure that few can understand. I’ll be giggling mad when I’m able to run, play soccer, and workout once my skin allows me to.
People don’t know how to appreciate the little things, until they are taken away from them and they need to fight hard to get it back.
Leslie is the founder of Say No to Topical Steroids. His interests in science, data, fitness and health form the basis of the information presented in his blog. Having recovered from debilitating topical steroid withdrawal symptoms, he is currently working on a community book project to raise awareness on Topical Steroid Addiction.