Are you grateful for what you have in your life or do you tend to focus on what is missing? I found myself wondering about gratitude – this amazing feeling that makes you appreciate what you have and makes you grounded and humble. While gratitude has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately (from different life couches and so on), I feel like the fast paced consumers’ lives are making it hard for us to develop the attitude of gratitude. The world is telling us to always be hungry for more and social media is bombing us with all these amazing products/places/experiences that we don’t have or didn’t see/visit. So, in-between all these mixed messages, how does one embrace gratitude?
I feel like it’s quite easy to live your life on auto pilot mode, just chasing after bigger and better things all the time. Don’t get me wrong, going after your dreams is great, as long as you don’t lose yourself along the way. That’s where it helps to stop for a second, appreciate the small things and count your blessings. Taking a moment to realise what you already have in your life, instead of always focusing on what you don’t. Because, that’s the catch – you can never have it all and you can chase after things forever without ever feeling satisfied. You can always be richer, skinnier, more successful – it’s a never-ending story. Chase after your goals and ambitions, but also stop along the way and smell the flowers. Don’t compare yourself with others, but look at the progress you’ve made and how much you’ve grown. Realise that you are happy to have things that you might take for granted, like family or health. Be happy for it. Practice feeling grateful because it will help you to see better how many great things and people are around you that you might have been overlooking. So take small steps and incorporate gratitude into your everyday life. Start your day by thinking about all the positive things that you have going on for you. I am sure it will change the course of your whole day, and step by step, the way you look at life.