I’ve been re-reading one of my favourite books, The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Seems very fitting that today, I came across a fantastic part about gratitude. Here’s an excerpt from the book:
“Gratitude is important to happiness. Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising. Gratitude brings freedom from envy, because when you’re grateful for what you have, you’re not consumed with wanting something different or something more. That, in turn, makes it easier to live within your means and also to be generous to others. Gratitude fosters forbearance — it’s harder to feel disappointed with someone when you’re feeling grateful toward him or her. Gratitude also connects you to the natural world, because one of the easiest things to feel grateful for is the beauty of nature.”
I am glad to say that I can definitely relate to this. Today, and for a long time now, I have been filled with gratitude. Everyday. I wake up and go to sleep happy, thankful, and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. I love my life. But I remember a time when I was the opposite — I didn’t feel thankful; I complained, was envious, never satisfied with what I had and got upset with loved ones over the littlest things. I was a disappointment to myself (if I met me now, I would have slapped me in the face).
Now you’re wondering how I turned all of that around. The one piece of advice that changed my life, “Count your blessings.” I know it sounds simple, but when you’re down in the dumps, this could be the hardest thing to do. Sometimes it’s as simple as letting go of your excess baggage and surrounding yourself with people who love and care for you. When you look at the big picture, you will realize that all of our lives, though they stress us out and our wants may seem endless, are really freakin’ awesome. We are extremely blessed to live the lives that we do. I mean, you’re reading this so you have access to internet, right? And how awesome is the internet? ;)
So, cheers to gratitude. Today, and everyday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)
~ xxxo, M.