This might not be a legitimate explanation of people not noticing different stuffs that happen in life, but still, it amazes me. How could no one notice it? I had my zipper open the whole time!
There are many stuffs that take place everyday in our lives, yet we never notice them, be it small or big. Most of the time we are unconscious about them and other time we just don't care. Just by paying little attention to them we'd be able to create joy in our lives. Everything has the potentiality to make us appreciate it's existence.
The Little things we don't notice, are the Biggest things we miss.
This can be outdone by cultivating the habit of noticing more. If you notice every small stuffs then you will generate more emotions, which will help you stay interesting, happy, satisfied and so on. I especially like Tynan's take on this:
Boredom is tied a lot to not being able to generate your own emotions -- happiness, satisfaction, and so on. If you're curious, you can always do interesting things.
If you want to self-generate emotion more, there's an excellent 30-day challenge that's done amazing things for everyone I know that's done it. For 30 days, find one positive thing from everything that happens to you.
Before you can control your thought patterns, you have to be aware of them. Most people aren't, they're quite reactive to what's happening around them. So for 30 days, reflect on anything that happens and come up with one positive aspect of it.
When you can internally find something positive in everything that happens, it makes you happier. And happiness is the big emotion we want to generate. There are others you might want -- ambition, drive, etc -- but if you can solve happiness, you're 80% of the way there.
A similar exercise: at the end of the day, every day, write 2 or 3 things you're grateful for. It creates a loop in yourself, where you can appreciate all the amazing things in your life. The amount of experiences you can have on even an average day are amazing.
If you can cultivate that positive awareness, it gives you a big well to draw on.
Say I'm on the train and there's nothing to do. I'll look around the train, and think, "How amazing is it that people figure out how to make this handle? People pull on it, it doesn't break, it's functional… amazing engineering…" You only have to capture a very small amount of what's interesting in the world to have a very interesting life. You only have to capture a very small amount of the happiness in the world to be a very happy person.
People don't notice the things we do for them, until we stop doing it
“We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do. We notice computers, we don't notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books.”
― Douglas Adams