Want to know a simple secret to happiness? It's the same whether you are young or old, rich or poor.
Yes, it really is that simple.
I have found that it is very productive and beneficial to write down the things in your life that you are grateful for on a regular basis. It can be as simple as a beautiful flower you saw on a walk or as profound as the love you have for your family. Having gratitude can instantly put you in a new state of happiness and awareness of all of your blessings. When you practice this on a day that is particularly trying, it actually has the power to change the direction of your entire day!
There is nothing more powerful to change your perspective than to be grateful. Life is always presenting challenges, ups and downs, and the like. We are constantly living with a challenge, getting past a challenge, or starting a new challenge. Our character and strength have continuous opportunities to grow.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we have these challenges. Some examples might be:
- Why does my friend have cancer?
- Why do small children become sick and suffer?
- Why is this customer being so difficult?
Regardless of the scope or size of the challenge, there is always one thing challenges have in common: the ability to grow. No matter how bad things are in our lives, there is ALWAYS a reason to be grateful. By focusing on our purpose and on our blessings, we are able to put negativity in its place. When the negative becomes our sole focus, that is all we will find. That is all we attract. We will become self-involved and swallowed up by our problems.
By focusing on what is good and what is right in our lives, the bad things recede and become smaller, and we are able to experience an opportunity for growth.
A Prayer of Gratitude:
Be Thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult time.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and your character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful for when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for all of the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
Also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
And they can become your blessings.
- Author Unknown
How has gratitude shifted a negative or bad day for you?
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