When we are children our parents teach us to say Thank you, so that we learn to practice gratitude. This is one of the most important lessons we will learn as a young person, because I believe that good manners go a long way. When we practice gratitude, it makes us realise how much we already have, rather than how much we don’t have. I came across this image on Instagram, and felt like it said so much. In one sense it says to me “Money doesn’t buy happiness”and on the other hand it says to me “You have enough in the world to be happy”. Or”You can have everything, yet feel you have nothing” or “You may be the richest person in the world, but be completely unhappy” Let me know how you interpret this image?
I can’t tell you how many times I have either complained or blamed something, and felt the boomerang of negative feelings overwhelm me. It only ever resulted in things getting worse or bad things begin to happen. Energy is something that acts like magnets. We attract what we produce. The lack of positive thinking and practicing gratitude made me feel empty and unhappy. It would make me feel worthless and helpless, because my eyes were like magnifying glass, focusing on the bad things. “I don’t have this”, “Why don’t I have that”, “When will I stop feeling like this?”. This created a cycle of negative self talk. Our self talk is a powerful tool. Self talk affects how you feel about yourself, what you attract and the actions you will take.
Gratitude makes you realise how much you already have. Come to think of it, we already have everything we need. Clothes, makeup and other materials are generally things we want. Whereas water, food, electricity and more, are in such close access to us, that when the wifi doesn’t work, it seems an issue even though there are people who don’t have any easy access to water. Appreciate the small things. Something that seems so small, can seem so big to someone else. Lending a helping hand, going out of your way to do a good deed for someone or someone sharing their meal with you. It’s the little things that really do add up and remind us to appreciate life.
You focus on what truly matters. Gratitude for your family. Gratitude on having good health. Gratitude for easy access to everything. Being grateful for the people you love and having good health are the two things that truly matter to me at the end of the day. Especially when it hits winter, I am likely to get sick at least once and when the blocked noses and itchy throats hit, you know how much you want to feel good again! The richest people always practice gratitude. Being rich is not just about money. It’s how I see success and being rich and equate it with being happy and grateful in life. You don’t have to be a millionaire, you just need to see how much your life already has.
Gratitude pulls you out of the deep empty pit. When we get into a period of time of feeling down, we can feel hopeless. The overwhelming feeling that nothing can seem to go right and we forget about anything that can give us a smile. Practicing gratitude attracts good thoughts and will save you out of the feeling of hopelessness. Life is better lived with Gratitude. The best days I’ve lived are the ones where I feel complete gratitude. We will all have bad days and bad period of times in our lives. Remember that gratitude will always have the ability to keep our eyes focused on the good.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey