15 Sep What are you grateful for today?
Having gratitude and finding satisfaction in the simple things is an essential part of having a good life.
There really is little motivation for anything else If you do not appreciate the things, places, experiences, and the people of your life.
Every day, do you find things to complain about or do you find things to be grateful for?
I guess most of us try to be better each day, taking action to reach our goals, to make more money, to have better relationships, to be more successful, etc.
How often do we stop, to be grateful for what we have today?
- Do you take electricity and running water for granted?
- Do you appreciate that you can read and write?
- Are you grateful for having a home?
- Are you thankful to be with your family today?
- Do you feel blessed that you can eat, walk, hear, feel, see and taste?
- Are you comfortable and warm in your clothes?
- Do you have a bed to sleep on?
- Do you need to worry about having food on the table?
- Do you appreciate the beauty of nature around you?
- Are you grateful for your loved ones and friends?
- Are you thankful for your ability to do things for others?
Unless you are living or working with the poor & underprivileged, chances are your daily life is of a comfortable status. In today’s world of consumerism, poverty mentality is becoming common.
Do you notice that many people who are not happy with what they have, are really the ones who have everything they need?
In many cases, they have more than enough food, clothes to keep them warm, a roof over their heads, money in their bank, while they think about how to afford the latest gadgets or buying a bigger home.
Appreciate What You Have Now
I am not suggesting that you should abandon all luxuries and lead a secluded, mundane life.
There is nothing wrong with wanting the latest gadgets or wanting a bigger home. It is good to have goals and strive to achieve our visions.
While we are on the way to achieving our greatest dreams, we should also remember and appreciate what we do have. Wanting what we desire and being grateful for what we have are not mutually exclusive.
Enjoy your current home does not stop you from planning to buy a bigger one. Being grateful for all that you already have in life will not hold you back from getting more.
Just do not miss out the chance to appreciate and enjoy all the lovely things you do have in your life. When you recognize the abundance and be thankful for that, the happier you will be, and the more abundance you will attract.
Blessings Multiplies With Gratitude
We all have a lot of good things in life.
If you focus on all that you do not have, you tend to live in a state of scarcity and often experiencing frustration and resentment, instead of joy and contentment.
Be grateful for the things that you have, no matter how small they may be. Gratitude multiplies your blessings.
When you are genuinely grateful for your relationships, your relationships become better.
When you are grateful for the money that you have, you will receive more.
When you are grateful for your health, you become healthier in your mind, body, and soul.
You will have good days no matter what is happening. Gratitude helps to remove negativity in your life.
No matter what situation you are in, you can always find something to be grateful for.
Good things are when:
- You find an empty seat on the train.
- You own a car to bring you places.
- You listen to your favorite song.
- Your child gives you a hug.
- You can pay for your groceries.
- You have access to the internet.
- You see a beautiful sky.
- You can hold the hand of someone you love.
Gratitude is a high expression of love. Whatever you give, you will receive.
Ways To Feel Grateful:
Think about someone who has helped you in your life.
It may be a stranger who picked up a valuable belonging you left behind.
It may be a nurse who attended to you when you were hospitalized.
It may be a teacher who gave you words of encouragement.
It could be your friend, who has always been beside you when you are having a tough time.
It may be your partner, who has always believed in you.
Express your gratitude by telling them or even writing a card. If you are not able to contact the person, you can pen your words in a gratitude journal. If it is someone close in your daily life, do something special for them to show your appreciation.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Keep A Gratitude Log
It can be on your phone, your computer or the traditional notebook.
When you regularly keep a log for what you are grateful for, it conditions your mind to look for the positive things in your life. A gratitude log helps you to look at life with an abundance mentality.
Counting your blessings does wonder to your emotional health and happiness. Just take 5 minutes a day to write down what you are thankful for. There is no need to worry about grammar and spelling.
As you commit to a gratitude log, watch yourself becoming a better person. You will become more satisfied with life, feel healthier, enjoy better sleep and you will feel happier.
Say ‘Thank You’ Often
When a waitress brings you your food, say thank you.
When a colleague helps to complete work that is part of your project, say thank you.
Thank your best friend for listening to you.
Show your appreciation for your mom, dad and the most important people in your life.
Thank your children when they do things for you.
People love to receive appreciation, and it feels good to give recognition. Being thankful verbally brings more happiness to others which in turn flows into your life too.
Using Positive Language
We do not realize how often we complain until we learn to be more aware of our language. Try not to judge others without knowing their stories. Train yourself to see the positive in every situation.
Instead of complaining about a problem, have a positive outlook and focus on solutions or a change of perspective.
Speak kindly of yourself and others. Remember that complaining sabotages your own happiness and does not make anything better. You can give constructive feedback, provided you also focus on what people are doing right.
Use your words to empower yourself and others.
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depending on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. ” ~Albert Einstein
There are always positive things that you can be thankful for.
Live a life appreciating the joys and riches in your life. Be mindfully present in each moment, savoring what is all around you.
There is joy in everything if we can find it in our heart to see it.