Learning to have gratitude for what we have in life can sometimes be challenging. Many times we compare our lives to other people, not really knowing what goes behind the scenes of their life. Mindfulness can be used to change what we focus on and the way we think. Too often, we don’t pay attention to what’s going on in our minds and that can make us a victim of our emotions.
We can be in a beautiful place, enjoying fun times with friends, only to find ourselves thinking about work and not actually enjoying the moment we are in. We can have everything we could possibly want in life and not be happy. It all boils down to what we choose to focus on. This is why you can use mindfulness, among other things, as a brilliant tool for making yourself happier and more at ease with your life.
An Attitude of Gratitude
This means putting yourself in a state of mind where you’re focusing on the things you’re grateful for. A simple way to do this is by taking time at the end of each day and write down things that made you happy. Before going to bed, try to focus on those things. It can help you have a better outlook on the situation you are in because you have changed your perspective.You will be surprised by how rejuvenated you will feel in the morning. So try to end every day by writing 3 things that you’re thankful for and reflecting on them. Where possible, try to make these things different each day and avoid repetition. Trust me, there are more things you are grateful for that you may not even realize!
Sometimes these will be obvious things: like your health, like the people you love and like the fact that you have access to food. Focusing on the people you love in particular is a great way to be more grateful to people and this can end up actually improving your relationship with them.
But at the same time, you’re also going to think about those smaller silly things. Maybe you’re grateful for the delicious cereal you’ll have tomorrow? Maybe you’re grateful for the fact that there’s a new film coming out that you’re very excited about? These are all legitimate things too!
Try to carry this over into your daily life. Each time you think of something you don’t have, or life isn’t the way you want it, try to think about what you do have. Don’t have that big flat screen TV yet, but you have a computer? Be grateful that you have a computer and can watch pretty much any film you can dream of on demand.
You should try and think about language and the way you talk which can have a big impact on your gratitude. This can also impact the way other people think about you. For example, not complaining about different circumstances in your life can be something worthwhile. The next time you find yourself saying anything negative, try and follow it up with a positive point that counteracts it. This includes negative thoughts. You’ll feel happier and people will think of you as a more positive person they want to be around!
These are some ways that being more mindful can bring more happiness into your life!
To your happiness,
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