On Being Grateful

Life is rarely precisely how you hoped it would be. You don’t need to look very far to find areas in your life you wish were different. Your health may not be as vibrant as it used to be. You may be struggling to make ends meet. Your relationship with that special someone may be going through a rough patch. You may desire to live somewhere else. There are so many things that cannot quite be “perfect.”

And so life goes.

If you expect everything to be perfect before you show gratitude, you’ll never be happy. Your happiness is tied to your gratefulness. A spirit of gratitude is a must for true fulfillment in life. And it turns out that you can choose to be grateful. Wherever you are, whatever you have, whoever you know, you have reasons to be thankful for.

You can choose to focus on the irritants of life—and there are many. Or you can choose to focus on your blessings. It’s your choice. However, these options lead you on two different paths: ingratitude leads you on the road of bitterness and dissatisfaction; gratitude guides you on the road of joy and happiness.

If you’re in a slump, placing the attention of your blessings can be just the boost you need to push you out of the funk.

When you look at your life, what are you grateful for? These don’t have to be all spectacular things (e.g., I’m grateful for winning the Super Bowl; I’m grateful for being able to purchase this skyscraper; etc.). They can be common things (e.g., I’m grateful for having sight and smell and touch; I’m grateful for being able to read and talk). There are a million little things you can be thankful for.

When you start reflecting on your blessings, you realize that the reasons to be grateful outweigh the irritants of life. In fact, you might be taking many of them for granted. Taking the time to count your blessings gives you perspective. When you wake up and before you close your eyes at night, identify a few things you’re thankful for. You woke up. That’s the perfect place to start; it’s a great blessing.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.