Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living

Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms -Alyssa Knight

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend.

Happiness is letting go of what you think life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for all that it is.

We sometimes forget how magical it is to wake up in the morning, take a breath, open your eyes, stretch your arms and wiggle your toes. We forget that life is a series of tiny miracles. Gratitude should not just be a reaction to what we want but rather an all-time act, where you notice even the littlest things and are thankful for them; the small things, the big things and everything in between.

Gratitude heals the mind, body, and spirit and attracts more things to be thankful for. Gratitude means recognizing what you have for what it is, it is appreciating small victories. At the end of the day, the fact that we’re still standing is reason enough to celebrate.

Gratitude brings joy; rather than caress your troubles, it celebrate your joys. It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

Ask yourself what if I woke up tomorrow and I was surrounded with only the things I remembered to be thankful for? Or what if I woke up and I only had the things I complained about? Only then might you realize the importance of the things you took for granted. Life is all about give and take, give thanks and take nothing for granted.

Upon waking up, let your first thought always be thank you.

Always choose to be grateful no matter what.

Is the house messy? Be thankful you have a family to make that mess.

Is fuel expensive? Be thankful for your car.

You don’t like your boss? Be thankful for your job.

Too many dishes in the sink? Be thankful for food to eat.

Always find something to thank God for in every situation. Live each day with an attitude of gratitude and you’ll be on your way to a happier life.



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