One thing I like to do when I have time off is to count my blessings mentally.
We live in a world where it is easy to see your shortcomings and failures. Through the power of social media, I get to see people who take expensive vacations to exotic places I will never be able to afford. I see individuals who have big boy toys I can never afford. They have free time that I simply do not get to enjoy. Spend a day talking to friends and looking online, and you forget all the blessings you have received in your life and only see how well other people have it.
For me, I like to take a few minutes (usually while fishing) to think through all the ways God has blessed my life.
I have a beautiful wife who loves me. We have been together for 22 and a half years. I have four active, healthy boys. I am blessed to still have my mother with me and able to enjoy time with her. I have been able to travel across much of the US and even live in Alaska. I have fished in great places and caught big fish. I could literally go on and on and on.
I am not writing these things to make you feel bad or some sort of jealousy. I am hoping to inspire you. This summer as you can think of all the fun times other people are having, or you can see the blessings in your own life. Take an inventory of your life, your family, your past, your present, your accomplishments, your possessions, the people in your life, the joys God has given you and the thousand little blessings that are so easy to overlook.
There are two ways to be happy. One is getting more and doing more. The other is to appreciate what you have and what you have done. One of the those will give you heartache, and one of those will actually give you joy.