We easily take multiple things for granted every day. Sometimes it takes an earth shattering, negative event for us to be more grateful and see there is so much to be grateful for. Changing toward a more grateful perspective (before the life-shattering event) can have an immensely positive effect on the way you feel, physically and psychologically, every day.
Amy Morin states in her book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, “you don’t have to be rich, wildly successful, or have the perfect life to feel grateful. A person who earns $34,000 a year may think he doesn’t have much money but he is actually among the richest 1 percent of people in the world.” To be reading this article on an electronic device, or to be able to purchase Amy Morin’s book or even have the ability to find it at a local library… or the literacy to read it, “means you’re more fortunate than the nearly one billion people in the world who can’t read, many of whom will be stuck in a life of poverty.”
Amy’s tips for being more grateful…
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write down at least one thing you are grateful.
- Say what you’re grateful for. If you aren’t likely to keep a journal, make it a point to say one thing you are grateful for each day.
- Change the channel when you are experiencing self-pity. When you notice you are feeling sorry for yourself, shift your focus. Sit down and list the people, circumstances, and experiences in life you are thankful for.
- If you keep a gratitude journal, read it whenever self-pity sets in.
- Ask others what they’re grateful for. Hearing what others are grateful for can spark more gratitude and thankfulness in you.
- Teach kids to be grateful. Make it a habit each day to ask your children (if you have them) what they are grateful for.
Being more grateful in life will make you more appreciative of who you are, the people in your life, and your life situation. This increases positive mindset, helps you think more realistically, and helps you stay focused on what is important. It will make you more likely to reach your goals, and believe in yourself and your ability enough to get there!
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