Practicing gratefulness and the expression of appreciation for the blessings and gifts of life is a natural human response. Gratitude is a feeling of thanks for something someone has done for you. Gratitude is essential for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance.
It’s simple. When you are faced with a challenge, you have many choices of how to view it. When you have a strong feeling of entitlement, you do not notice what is going well, but rather what is not right. If you want to have more things go “right” in your life, if you want more opportunities, begin practicing gratefulness.
Actively notice things you are grateful for throughout your regular day. Happiness does not come from having all the things you want, it comes from appreciating the things you have in life, and seeing the silver lining in any situation. A simple trick is to keep a daily diary of things you are grateful for, or list three good things you notice during the day. Even by simply appreciating the small things in life, you will find yourself more successful, healthier, and truly happier.
For a good example of being grateful for simple things see my video here: Gratefulness
A great way to create simple abundance is to keep a gratitude journal, practice some gratitude meditations and be mindful of the things you are grateful for throughout the day. Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted.
You’re not just simply to be thankful one day a year. Even if you are not in perfect health at the moment, it is possible to be grateful for what you have, when you feel better, that it isn’t worse. No one can make you grateful, and gratitude is not about feeling guilty for what you have.
For a daily reminder to practice gratitude, post your answers where you will see them each day or keep them in a gratitude journal. When the storm hits you, you will be able to sail through because you will have practiced gratitude for small wins or losses.
Mindfulness with gratitude gives a sense of being more fully alive. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Once you get into the habit on focusing on the abundance of your life, you find a deeper contentment, an abiding sense of purpose, and an overwhelming sense of joy.