Wednesday afternoon, I got a card from my mom in the mail. Secretly, I was hoping it was money, a Starbucks gift card, or maybe even just a “Hey, I love you.” I was surprised to find an article inside about the importance of being grateful. To be honest, I was kind of offended! I immediately thought to myself, “Why is she sending me this? I’m always grateful!” but the letter had some important lessons that I’d like to share with you all.
In modern times, we have it so easy, yet I think we complain more than any other generation. We have so much going for us, and we take it all for granted. In essence, we’ve lost the ability to recognize how blessed we are to have everything around us. We live in a world where anything is possible. You can become whatever you want to be and achieve whatever you want to achieve…but whenever something bad happens, we act like the world is ending. We give up. We don’t take a moment to look around and see what is going well. We forget to be grateful.
Being grateful doesn’t mean you have to sit down every night and be thankful for everything you have down to the tissue box on your desk. What it does mean is taking the time to whole-heartedly acknowledge how blessed you are to have the life you have. It’s slowing down to appreciate what you have rather than what you want. The article my mom gave me brought up a good point that I have come to realize over the years. It says, “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” ~ Tony Robbins. Admittedly, I used to be someone that always wanted more and more, and I still can be to a certain extent. But, I’ve realized that none of these things will bring me lasting happiness. What I already have (my faith, family, and friends) will.
Shifting your mindset to a grateful one isn’t easy, but it’s doable over time. The way I’ve started to do so is by finding the good in the ugly. Whenever a trying situation arises, I strive to find out how I can use it to my advantage. What can I learn from it? I’ve also started to truly show thankfulness when something good happens. For example, when someone gives me a gift, instead of quickly saying thank you, I try to show it in my expression. Give them a hug! Write them a thank you card! I promise you’ll start to become more appreciative of those gifts. You know what’s funny? The more appreciative and thankful I’ve become over the years, the more good things seem to happen to me. Maybe its because I’m finding the good in them, but I’d like to think its because good things happen to positive people. If anything, it doesn’t hurt to try.
If you are willing to give being grateful a try, I have a challenge for you. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, write down 3 things you are thankful for. They can be anything that you want them to be, but the key is to do it daily. Reminding yourself what you are grateful for at the end of the day will put you in a great mood before bed and create positive mindset 🙂
So the next time something bad happens to you, try to learn from it and find the light in the darkness. Count your blessings. Be thankful and remember what is important in life. “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full…Be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…” ~ Unknown.
- Being grateful is about appreciating what you have rather than what you don’t.
- Focusing on the positives in life will boost your mood and help you grow…there’s always a light amidst the darkness.
- Value the things that bring you true happiness.
- Thanksgiving challenge: write down three things you are grateful for every night leading up to Thanksgiving.