Have you ever found yourself feeling like there has to be more to life? Have you experienced a gnawing discontent that you can’t understand? You may ‘have it all’ from the world’s perspective … money, houses, travel …. so why aren’t you feeling gratitude, joy and content like you thought you would once you achieved all of these worldly treasure? These things are all wonderful to have in life but, honestly, they are not enough by themselves. You really have NOTHING without daily gratitude. The missing piece, the one thing that could bring you the joy you are looking for, could very well the attitude of gratitude.
Life is so better when you feel blessed, when you can look around and say “Thank you!” When you start seeing life as a wonderful gift, and have gratitude for it, your experience will be a richer one than any amount of money can provide. Once you start seeing everything as a blessing you will feel like a child on Christmas morning!
It’s tempting to think gratitude comes AFTER achieving what you want. So often we go through life with our eye on the goal/s and then we work very hard to reach that goal. We get focused, driven and spend each day with blinders on. We envision ourselves giving thanks WHEN we have money, WHEN we have a loving family, WHEN we have that house on the beach, etc. The problem is, we are so focused on where we are headed and on our goals that we forget to be grateful for what we already have!
Have you ever noticed that there are ungrateful, unhappy people who have everything they’ve ever wanted in this physical world and then, on the other hand, there are poor people full of gratitude for what little they have. Why is this? It is all about perspective and about gratitude!
Gratitude arises from how you look at things. It is the natural feeling that comes from truly appreciating the people and things in your life. It is also something you can learn. Here is a video I filmed on this very subject; it includes several of my favorite quote about gratitude.
First, you have to stop and smell the roses. You can’t be thankful for something you don’t notice or enjoy. Roses really do smell great, by the way.
Next, you need to make this appreciative approach to roses and life a habit. The ugliness in the world is EASY to find because it is all around us. The skill you’ll want to develop is the ability to habitually see the beautiful things. So much depends on what you choose to focus on!
Start a Gratitude Journal
Get yourself a journal and start writing down every positive thing that happens to you, and all the things you like. Do this every day and eventually you will start automatically seeing the good things in life. If you’ve ever bought a white car and started seeing white cars all over then you know how awareness can alter your perception of reality. To see wonderful things all over, train yourself to look for them.
When you are in the habit gratitude then much a much richer experience of life is the natural result.