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 on 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.
This happens more times than I can count. I would be in a beautiful place, enjoying fun times with friends, only to find myself thinking about work or something I have to get done and not actually enjoying the moment I’m in. You could have everything you 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, amongst 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 currently in due to changing your perspective.
By doing this every night, you will be surprised by how rejuvenated you will feel in the morning. So try to end every day by writing at least 5 to 10 things 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!
Ways To Be Grateful
Sometimes the things you are grateful for will be obvious like your health, the people you love and the fact that you have access to food. Focusing on the people you love in particular is a great way to be more grateful for those individuals. This can actually help improve your relationship with them in the long run as well.
At the same time, you may be thankful for those smaller silly things like the cereal you are going to have tomorrow or the new Avengers movie that is coming out. 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 going 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 or TV show on it.
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 feel around you too. 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 2 positive points that counteract it. This includes negative thoughts. You’ll feel happier and people will think of you as a more positive person they would want to be around!
Being mindful of what you have and being grateful for it can truly bring more happiness into your life. Also, try to not compare yourself to other people. Their life may look glamorous on the outside, but you truly have NO IDEA what they may be going through behind closed doors. They could be dealing with a drug problem or someone in their family is abusive or whatever the case may be. You just never know. So try not to compare. I struggled with comparing more times than I can count but I have been working on it.
Anyways, These are 2 main ways that being more mindful of what you have can bring more happiness into your life!
To your happiness,
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