Expressing Gratitude Daily
Gratitude is an emotion that comes from the heart. It’s being thankful. When you express gratitude, you focus on what you already have and appreciate, not on what you don’t have. Your happiness is tied to what you have now and how you feel about what you have. Gratitude can make all the difference in transforming your life!
When you focus on what you don’t have, your needs can never be satisfied. We tend to think we will be happy once we have that one certain thing. Unfortunately, once you have it you are still left feeling unfulfilled because you always want something more. You can be surrounded by grandeur and yet still feel unhappy.
The difference is not in what you look at, but what you see. Your perspective makes all the difference. It’s what you see and how you see it.
Don’t get me wrong. Having many physical possessions is nice but they can never bring complete happiness. There are so many things you can be thankful for like a warm sunny day, family, good friends or good health. You can even be grateful for cloudy, rainy days because it makes flowers grow and provides you with drinking water. I tend to get more things accomplished on a rainy day because I don’t feel compelled to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather.
People will find what they look for. People that think they are victims, attract all the circumstances that support that conclusion. Victims justify their behavior by seeing everything through their victimhood. They only see negativity. How they were wronged. If you choose to be grateful, then you will see blessings in even the smallest things. Gratitude can make bad situations seem ok. You may even look at something bad happening to you as a lesson such as taking from the experience something you can learn from and possibly make your life better or someone else’s.
Look at Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles. They could have focused all their energy on being ungrateful for not having their eyesight. Instead, they focused on the gifts that they did have. We wouldn’t have their beautiful music if they wallowed in self-pity.
The more you practice the feeling of gratitude and happiness, the more you get into the habit of being grateful. Can you list 10 things you are grateful for right now? Did you know that a study was done and found that grateful people experience better health, more self-esteem and even better sleep?
Think about this. Can you feel negative emotions while feeling gratitude? No, you can’t.
Try finding gratitude in things you take for granted. I’m grateful for an abundance of fresh food and water every day. Some people may not have this. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down 10 things each day you are grateful for.
Expressing gratitude keeps you in the present. Thinking into the future can bring worry. Try living in the moment and you will feel more happiness.
I’m grateful that you are reading this blog post and I hope you find value in it. God bless and have a wonderful day!