“Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude” – J.W. Krutch
As humans, we all have moments where we just don’t feel good. Personally, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and scattered these past 2 weeks, and as I was thinking of a topic to write about for this blog post, I realized what I had been neglecting to do. I neglected saying thank you. I neglected all the many big, and small wonderful things that I have in my life that make me feel thankful and happy.
No matter what circumstances you are in, whether good or bad, there will always be something to be thankful for.
Why it’s important:
Gratitude is essentially focusing on the positives. It is feeling appreciation for the good that you have in life. When you are thankful, you are focused on the good rather than the bad. The more that you are grateful, the more that you’re focusing on the positives and that simply translates to you feeling happy. You attract what you focus on in life; the more focus you put on the positives the more they will come your way.
Like I’ve been feeling lately, we can all get overwhelmed by the many tasks we need to accomplish on a day-to-day basis, and if we just take a little time everyday to remind ourselves of the things we are thankful for we will feel a lot happier. Sometimes we think that taking a vacation is the answer to everything because it allows us to get away from our busy lives; and while we do need that every once in a while, I think incorporating gratitude into our daily lives is a much more efficient (and cheaper) way to feel better.
Even during really tough times like going through severe illnesses, mental health issues, grieving or anything traumatic of that sort, gratitude is the greatest tool we can have to help us get through.
How to do it:
- You can make gratitude a habit by practicing it every day, until it becomes a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth every morning.
- It’s important to feel grateful and not just say you are. When you are reminding yourself of the things you are thankful for, try to really feel the appreciation you have, rather than idly listing things. Ask yourself how things make you feel? What emotions do these things spark in you?
- Don’t take for granted the little things. It’s easy to feel grateful for something big like someone surprising you with plane tickets to a new country, or moving into a beautiful new house. However, the little things (like appreciation for having good food, or a full 9 hours of sleep, or even just being grateful that you woke up this morning) are taken for granted. Remember to appreciate those things too.
- Start and end your day with “thank you” and you will really feel the positive impact that this simple act can have on your life.
“The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.”
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