Yesterday’s blog was a crash course in happiness. After I posted and reflected about what I had written I realized that another awesome element to incorporate into your daily life is gratitude. Happiness is achieved at a much faster rate by marinating your life with gratitude.
Gratitude – grat·i·tude (noun); meaning: thanks
It’s really that simple. The more thankful you are, the more wonderful your life becomes. Even bad things you can be thankful for. There have been many times that I get stuck in traffic and I start to get frustrated and annoyed – only to discover up ahead is a terrible car accident. It’s possible that if I had been traveling faster I could have been in that horrible crash. Yikes!!! Think about delays as a way to catch your breath and be thankful that nothing worse has happened.
I truly believe that things happen for a reason. If you are miserable in life, I encourage you to look closely at how you feel about your situation. If you wake up every morning and dread going to work, do you think once you arrive you’re going to have a wonderful day at work? How could you? Now, if you wake up and think to yourself, “Wow, I’m so grateful to have a job. Even though this is not exactly where I want to be right now – it’s where I am. I am going to do the best I can do today and be thankful I have a job.” My prediction is that you would have a much better experience on that day.
My gratitude practice is to think about my day as I’m falling asleep. As I’m drifting off to la la land I try to recall all of the events that occurred throughout my day and give thanks. It’s a wonderful way to end my day and helps me to wake up with a positive attitude. Once my eyes open in the morning, I give thanks for another day of grateful possibilities. Give it a try – I guarantee it will improve your life, and increase your happiness level exponentially! – Lisa
p.s I’m so grateful for such gorgeous flowers in my garden – I took these photos this morning – ahhhh!