Our thoughts tend to wander off to the past or present, and our awareness of the present is reduced. This indirectly promotes or reduces our perception of reality. As a regular habit, we tend to live in the past/future worrying about it and failing to enjoy the present. Is there any way to discipline our selves to be more aware/focused about present?
Mindfulness training is my recommendation. One of its effects is that it shuts off the "auto pilot" that often control your life. Mindfulness practicioners experience the present (and life) to a greater extent.
Mindfulness is basically a meditation technique, inspired by Buddhism. According to scientific studies, as little as two weeks of such training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, ability to focus and neglect distractions (such as thoughts about the future or the past) whenever they occur.