If there’s anything I’ve learnt from reading self help book after self help book it’s that gratitude is up there with the most important things in life.
We’re always wanting; a perfect career, that house we’ve always dreamed of, our soulmate etc.. you know the ones. We get so wrapped up in the things that we want, we forget about what we already have. We forget to be grateful for the things that deserve our gratitude.
Before I started reading self help books, I never really thought about gratitude. I mean, I always knew about it, but I didn’t spend half the time I should have been doing, thinking about all the things I have in my life. I guess you could say I was thinking too much about the things I wanted but didn’t have.
We’re all guilty of this and still are to a certain extent. And I just want to say, it’s okay to want things, that doesn’t make us bad people. It’s a way of us figuring out what we actually want from our lives.
The most important thing is to want what we want but be extremely grateful at the same time. Spend time thinking about what we have in our lives and how much they all mean to us.
Spend time throughout the day, mentally listing everything we’re grateful of.. even the small things. When you first open your eyes in the morning, before reaching for your phone and searching through social media, looking at the things you don’t have but definitely want. Have a clear mind and think of all people/relationships/health.. and yes, material things that you already have. Or you could list them all last thing at night (this is what I do). I reflect on my day and mentally go through everything I’m grateful for. At any point throughout the day, if you feel gratitude for something, acknowledge it.
We take far too much for granted these days. Partly because all these wonderful dream lives are all over social media for us to see. There’s nothing wrong with social media and the people who have everything we dream of, they work very hard for it. I’m just saying don’t compare your lives to there’s.
When we are truly grateful, we allow the space in our lives to welcome new blessings.
‘You attract what you are strongly feeling and thinking and this is why a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles’. – Unknown.