Learning To Be Grateful
It is far too easy to take all that we have in our lives for granted. So often, as we are striving to achieve more, we lose sight of all that we have to be grateful for. It’s so important to take the time to appreciate the things and people we have that make our lives full and happy. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you lose sight of all that you have, and want to learn to be grateful.
Live in the “Now”
To be grateful for what you have, you must first learn to notice what you have in the first place. Instead of always keeping your focus on what’s next, slow down and take the time to appreciate the moment. In every situation, let all of your senses soak in everything around you, every tiny detail, every beautiful person and feeling that adds to your life.
Find the Good in Every Situation
During times of difficult setbacks or painful losses – such as losing a loved one, becoming suddenly unemployed, or after a painful end to a relationship – it can be hard to focus on what you have to be grateful for. However, those are the times when it’s most important to find something to be grateful for in order to find the motivation and inspiration to heal and move forward.
In nearly every difficult situation, there is a silver lining or something positive to take away from it. For instance, while mourning the loss of someone close to you is important and essential, incorporate gratefulness into your thoughts – your appreciation for what a person taught you, your thankfulness for wonderful memories that will live on, and gratefulness that you were able to brighten each others’ lives. After the heartbreak of an ended relationship, be grateful for the lessons that the experience taught you about yourself, and about love. If you look hard enough, there will always be something to be grateful for – if nothing else, the fact that you are still able to enjoy what the universe may have planned for your future.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
“Count your blessings” – it’s something we hear over and over again, but often don’t take the time to do until it’s too late. Try keeping a gratitude journal, or finding another way to record what you’re thankful for. Take a few moments each morning or evening to write down just a few things that you are grateful for in your life, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. Putting these things in writing will help them serve as a permanent reminder of all the things in your life that you have to be grateful for.
Give to Those in Need
One way to help you realize all that you have to be grateful for is to use what you have to give to those who are in need. Giving to those who are wanting in resources that you have in abundance – whether money, basic survival needs, or simply time and compassion – can help put your life into perspective, and make you truly realize and appreciate everything that you have that others could only dream of.
Make expressing thankfulness to others a habit, and you will realize all of the things that you truly are grateful for. Start by making a conscious effort to say “thank you” whenever the opportunity arises, for even the smallest of gestures. Take the time to write “thank you” letters to those in your life who you are grateful for, and let them know what it is you appreciate about them. Not only are you allowing yourself to focus on the good deeds of others, but you are also beginning a cycle of appreciation and gratefulness that others will continue, making a positive impact on the people and world around you.
We all have things currently in our lives that add to the quality and beauty of our existence, and that make us feel happy and fulfilled. It’s important to never lose sight of these things, and to be grateful for everything you have.
What are you grateful for in your life? Tell us in the comments.