Discover something daily that makes you grateful and become witness to your life transforming.
Our lives are rich with potential sources of happiness, but sometimes we become victims of negative thinking because we believe that focusing on all that has gone wrong will provide us with the motivation we need to face the challenges of survival. When we choose to focus on what we are grateful for, a shift occurs in the fabric of our existence. Finding something to be grateful about every single day can help this shift take place. The vantage points from which we view the world are brought into balance, and we can see that being alive truly is a gift to be savored. There is always something we can be grateful about--it is simply up to us to identify it.
On one day, we may find gratitude in a momentous, life-changing event such as a marriage or the birth of a child. On another day, the gratefulness we experience may be a product of our appreciation of a particularly well-made meal or how the sun shines on a leaf. If we discover that we literally cannot call to mind a single grateful element of existence, we should examine the cause of the blockage standing between us and experiencing happiness. Keeping a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to catalog the happiness unfolding all around us so that joy has myriad opportunities to manifest itself in our lives. Writing about the emotions we experience while contemplating joy may give us insight into the factors compelling us to resist it.
Gratitude may not always come easily into your life. You have likely been conditioned to believe that the proper response to unmet expectations is one of sadness, anger, guilt, or fear. To make gratitude a fixture in your existence, you must first accept that it is within your power to choose happiness over unhappiness every single day. Then, each time you discover some new source of happiness, the notion that the world is a happy place will find its way more deeply into your heart. On this day, find one thing to be grateful about and let it fill your heart.