To accept life as it is and to appreciate what you have, requires an attitude of being grateful. Gratitude helps you acknowledge the blessings in your life and cherish them truly. The joy in simple things in life, the kindness in someone’s gesture, the beautiful sunrise, something that brings a smile to your face, many a time go unappreciated as we are not thankful often. If you start counting the blessings in your life, you’ll find that every moment has something that you should be grateful for. But quite often, we get caught up in pondering over what we do not possess or what we desire, which makes it difficult for us to be thankful in life.
Dreaming of a perfect life in this imperfect world could distract you from enjoying your own life. Are we grateful for the people we meet, for the food and shelter we have every day, for a good night’s sleep, for the changing seasons, moments of happiness, the goodness we find in nature, and for every new day of life? Is it not easier to overlook these things than to be thankful? A small change in life sometimes causes us to grumble all time and focus on negative aspects. But there are many good and kind deeds in the world, many reasons to be happy in life, that are not acknowledged, noticed, or appreciated.
Expressing gratitude helps you feel content in life. Rather than taking people for granted, we ought to appreciate and thank those who make time for us, show kind gestures, and stand by us when needed. Gratitude strengthens relationships and creates a positive environment around us. There is a lot in life to be grateful for and to be cherished. A person with a grateful attitude could inspire others to develop gratitude and detach from negative emotions.
This new year, make a choice to develop an attitude of gratitude, not only in your good times but also in tough times. It will keep you from stress, anxiety, and fear. It is not easy to be grateful at all times but is worth the effort in all circumstances of life. Gratitude builds your hope and keeps you from the impact of negative emotions. It helps you develop mindfulness and teaches you to focus on the positive aspects of life.
What are grateful for today? Do you make time to appreciate the little things in life that make you smile?