Gratitude

I am often overwhelmed with gratitude. So much so that my Facebook used to be plastered with silly posts like these. The overwhelming gratitude washes over me like a warm ocean filled with love. Even during 2020, which was one of the most difficult years in most people’s lives, I had one of the best years of mine. Yes, I do feel guilty sometimes about how awesome my life is. I want to help you build a better life too.
 
Perhaps having near-death experiences has really helped develop gratitude towards life for me. And it was paired with a growth mindset. I find that once I’ve hit rock bottom, everything else is a plus and all my first-world problems don’t matter anymore.
 
I am not saying you need near-death experiences or hit rock bottom to be grateful. The whole purpose of me laying everything out here is so you don’t have to repeat the steps I have. I want to save you some heartache. It would make my day if you can skip all the bullshit and go straight to being grateful.
 
One of the mindsets that have really helped me is instead of focusing on what I do not have, I focus on what I have. Instead of worrying about things that are outside of my control, I focus on what is within my power to change.
 
So during the COVID pandemic, I don’t focus on how every cafe and restaurant was closed for dining in. I focused on how we can still go to the supermarket and I was healthy enough to make it to the supermarkets. I don’t get annoyed that I cannot go to the cafe and work from a cafe. I saved up some money and got myself a standing desk and a $13 coffee maker. Those are things within my control. My attitude and outlook, as well as solutions to perceived problems.
 
Gratitude also helps in depression, mental health in general. According to Nationwide Children’s, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions. It relishes good experiences, improves their health, and deal with adversity. Gratitude also builds strong relationships. And Harvard Health Publishing states that giving thanks can make you happier. People who express gratitude for the positive things in their life are shown to be happier. This leads to lower rates of stress and depression.

Perhaps having near-death experiences has really helped develop gratitude towards life for me. And it was paired with a growth mindset. I find that once I’ve hit rock bottom, everything else is a plus and all my first-world problems don’t matter anymore.

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Quotes

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” 

– Gerald Good

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” 

– Melody Beattie

Challenge

I challenge you to do a random act of kindness, thank your mom, and look in the mirror and say what you are grateful for about yourself. Keep a journal and tell us how you feel in doing these act of gratitude. 

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