“The happiest people in the world aren’t the ones who have the most. They’re the ones who make the most of what they have.” It’s all about gratitude, baby! Shifting our thinking from “I still don’t have….(fill in the blank)” to “Wow! Look at how much I have! I am so lucky!” will absolutely shift your view of your life, and increase your happiness.
I get it. It is so easy to fall into seeing what everyone else has that you are lacking, or even putting off your own happiness until you achieve some goal. Life is too short, people! We don’t have time to wait around for happiness. Make it happen now! No one can do it for you. You’ve got to take action.
ACTION PLAN: Take a few minutes each day to think about at least 3-5 things that you are grateful for and write them down. Train your brain to see the positive. Having trouble finding anything to be grateful for? No problem! I’ve already got you covered. Quick question (or two) for you. Are you breathing? Did you wake up this morning? Good news! You are alive and have a chance to get the most our of your day! That is definitely something to be grateful for. (And much better than the alternative.) Your gratitude could be for your health, the ability to walk, see or hear. It could be that you have indoor plumbing and a roof over your head. It could be a new pair of shoes, your relationships, or an opportunity you have to do something to make the world a little brighter. Look at what you have!!
So first we acknowledge the gifts that we have received. Next, we give thanks. That could be through prayer or blessings. If prayer isn’t your thing, thank the universe for bringing to you all that you have.
The important thing here is that you think of the goodness in your life and the many blessings that have been bestowed upon you. We can choose to focus on the stuff others have that we don’t, or we can choose to center our thoughts on those things we DO have that so many others do not. Because there is always someone less fortunate than ourselves. How lucky we are indeed!
Once you allow yourself to receive and acknowledge all that you have, you can’t help but feel a bit happier. Focus on the positive!!
Oh, this is super important! Always remember that making yourself happy and feeling good about yourself, is NOT SELFISH!! It is one of the best things you can do for everyone around you. When you are at your best, you give your best. When you are appreciative of life and happy with yourself, your light, joy and confidence will spread like wildfire!
One thing I am SO grateful for is YOU, dear reader! Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this post and for being interested in making yourself happier. So what are you grateful for? Write a comment below and let me know! I’d love to hear from you!