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Gratitude: a Forgotten Practice

No matter who you are, you definitely want happiness. Granted, it isn’t the momentary smile that only lasts a second that you want, but rather, a joy that causes those smiles to linger a long time.

It all seems too difficult to achieve, though. Happiness? You must be kidding. Not with how dark the world we live in is… Yes, it’s hard, but I’m here to tell you that feeling better is doable.

DEVELOPING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” She hits it right on the nail! It unlocks the fullness of life!

Gratitude is the simply the practice of focusing on what you have rather than what you want. It’s a simple concept, yes, but we almost always forget to practice it. We tend to compare ourselves to those who are seemingly better and forget that there will always be people who have it better than we do anyway! Instead of getting jealous, try focusing on the little things, the things that make you smile!

Get into the habit of writing down positive things daily! Ben P. Hardy wrote an article describing the massive benefits of journaling, including a section talking about actively practicing gratitude. He writes, “When you start writing what you’re grateful for, new chambers of thought open in the palace of your mind.” And he’s so right. Personally, it has allowed me to feel more connected to my thoughts, and as a result, I have felt happier and more in tune with myself. But if journaling isn’t your cup of tea, no worries! There are apps such as “Grateful” out there for you. They provide daily prompts in order for you to visually see the many blessings you have, and guide you in a consistent practice of gratitude.

Good luck, and take care.

Featured image via Sheryl Tay Shu Wei

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