This One Habit Will Brighten Your Days

Life can sometimes be hard. There are so many things that can come and darken your sky. You’re doing your best to keep your life in order, but despite your best efforts, dark clouds always show up in your life.

Your career isn’t going as well as you would like it to. Your relationship with your partner has hit the rocks, and you struggle to bring it back to life. Your health has declined, and you’re fighting to restore it. You’re in a dire financial situation, and you’re not sure how you’re going to make it through.

All of this can be nerve-wracking and stressful. If you’re not careful, you can become bitter. And bitterness eats up your heart like a lion devours its prey. If you allow this, your days become dark, even when good things happen; the glasses with which you see the world become tainted.

You’re not meant to live in negativity. And the good news is that you don’t have to accept it as your norm. There’s one habit that is sure to brighten your day—no matter the day: it’s the habit of gratitude.

When you consecrate time, daily, to consciously express gratitude, it puts things into perspective and protects your heart from the assaults of bitterness and frustration; you cultivate a positive mindset that carries you through the vicissitudes of life.

The journey of life is filled with challenges and obstacles. And you can only control so much. Then, you must roll with the punches life throws at you. You don’t control everything that happens to you. But you control your attitude and your reaction.

Here’s the deal. No matter how dark it gets, you’re still alive. And that alone is reason enough to be grateful. That said, you have many more reasons to be thankful. And when you make it a habit to express those reasons, you brighten your day.

The habit of gratitude changes the way you experience your day-to-day and react to the various situations. It doesn’t change situations per se, but it changes you. Thus, it changes your experience of those situations.

It’s vital that it becomes a habit: something that you do all the time, not just when you’re on a high. Just like exercising once in a while won’t lead you to vibrant health, being grateful once in a while won’t lead you to an unshakable positive mindset. Discipline your mind to focus on the things you’re grateful for, rather than on the problems and issues that seek to plague your life.

So I ask you, “What are you thankful for today?”

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.