If you’re reading this, your life is pretty awesome and you have a lot to be grateful for, even if you don’t see it. Think about it; you’re reading my blog, for free, how awesome is that? How grateful are you? You’re welcome! In all seriousness though; the mere fact that you’re reading this article means that you have the entire world at your fingertips. And more importantly, you have the eyes to see this. How many people are out there, without internet access, or unable to read because they can’t even see this? You have so much to be grateful for!
As a society, we like to complain and focus on things that we don’t want. In a previous article I wrote about the importance of focussing on what we want, but we also need to show gratitude for what we have if we want to experience true happiness and fulfillment. Some philosophers even believe that, the only way for us to experience and “attract” more of what we want, is to be grateful for what we already have. Through personal experience, I’ve come to discover that much of what has been written about the power of gratitude is true. Next to love, gratitude is the most powerful force in the universe. Gratitude enables you to be truly happy with who you are; your life, your appearance, your circumstances, and your achievements. Gratitude opens the doors of inspiration to bring you closer to creating, seeking, or receiving more to be grateful for. No matter your current attitude, condition, or circumstances; you can experience true happiness and build a wonderful life through the power of gratitude.
But what if you’re totally down in the dumps, depressed, emotionally drained, lonely, or feeling helpless in a situation that seems to be out of your control? Being grateful isn’t always easy. It’s easier to complain about our current circumstances than to find things to be grateful for. My personal solution to this problem is; daily gratitude practice. Through actively practicing gratitude on a daily basis, you discover that, no matter what your circumstances, there is always something to be grateful for. Discovering things to be grateful for, no matter how small, gives you tremendous power; the power to create your own happiness, no matter what the circumstances.
Daily Gratitude Practice
Every day, make a list of 10 different things that you’re grateful for. It may be difficult at first, especially if you’re going through depression or any kind of unpleasant circumstance. Think carefully. The more you think about it, the more things you will find to be grateful for. You might start by listing what is most important to you, and then as each day go by, go into finder detail about every aspect of your life. You’ll come to find that it really is the small things in life that matter most.
Here’s an example of what you could write on your list:
I am truly grateful for my ability to see and read, because it enables me to learn new ways to improve my life and expand my wisdom. I am truly grateful for my internet access, because it puts all the knowledge of the world at my finger tips. It enables me to learn new things, connect with new people on a global scale, and achieve many things that would’ve been impossible without it.
Those are but two things, and they aren’t even basic necessities. Surely you can think of more than ten things to be grateful for, including basic human necessities such as; shelter, food, warmth, and air to breathe. It may seem silly, but actively practicing gratitude by writing a daily list of even the smallest things to be grateful for, will open your eyes to more and more things to be grateful for. If you can’t think of anything to be grateful for; forcing yourself to write a list of 10 different things to be grateful for each day is the ultimate gratitude discovery.
As you continue your daily gratitude practice, you will discover more and more things to be grateful for, and you’ll realize just how wonderful your life really is. Your current “problems” or unwanted circumstances will become minuscule in comparison to all that you’re grateful for, and your life will transform into a happy, inspiring dream state. You will literally be high on life, and motivated to work towards your biggest desires. No dream will seem too big, and no person, event, or circumstance will be able to stand in your way, because no matter what comes your way, you are grateful for everything, and you use the joy that comes from gratitude to overcome any obstacle.
If you’re a fan of quality personal development books, I highly recommend that you read “Count Your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love” by Dr. John F. Demartini, and “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. These books go into much finer detail about the the power of daily gratitude practice. The Magic even offers a 28 day workshop to transform your life.
Give it a try. Start your journey to true happiness by making a list of 10 things that you’re grateful for each day. Not only will it improve your general mood, but it will also transform your life for the better. What are you grateful for?