When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears – Tony Robbins.
Practising gratitude is not rocket science.
Gratitude is an emotional muscle, one that (if practised regularly) can bring you an abundance of joy and happiness in your life. The more you practice gratitude, the happier you will be… it’s that simple.
But asking you to practice gratitude on a regular basis won’t do much for you.
You need to understand the full extent of it’s power… you need to understand why it is such an important factor to your happiness… and how understanding this concept on a deeper level can open the floodgates to a life of contentment.
This being the case, the first thing we need to do is to truly understand what gratitude is. So what exactly is gratitude? Think of it like this.
Think of gratitude as an element… as it’s own separate entity that has nothing to do with you or your belongings. Gratitude is a force that anyone can use in order to tap into it’s power. Gratitude gives you the permission to be grateful for the things you have (or don’t have).
Most people believe that gratitude is something that should be practised only when you have abundance in your life… but that couldn’t be more wrong!
The matter of the fact is that the main reason why so many of us are unhappy is because we are lacking in so many aspects of our lives… financially, spiritually, emotionally… and gratitude is the force that allows us to be fine with where we are and what we have.
This does not mean that we should not be ambitious and try to achieve more.
It just means that we should always be grateful for all the things we have… even if it’s not much. And when you can learn to be fine and thankful for the things you lack (with gratitude of course)… then achieving inner happiness becomes a lot easier.
A good way to start is by looking up to (and having the ambition of) the rich and wealthy… but to never compare yourself to them.
Instead, always compare yourself to those that have less… much less.
Do you have a bed to sleep on?
Food on your dinner table?
A stable internet connection?
If so, then congratulations!
You are wealthier than 80% of the worlds population!
What about all the small things that we constantly take for granted? Like having an awesome family, great friends, running water, your full health, and thousands of other things we take for granted every day?
Appreciate all of those things as well.
Now don’t get me wrong… I am fully aware that this is not the case for everyone. Many people have dysfunctional families, fake friends, and health conditions that can make your life unimaginably difficult.
I understand this.
But even in the most extreme cases, there are still reasons to be grateful.
Even better, your gratitude can help you turn your situation from a negative one into a positive one. Let’s say that you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer.
Granted, this will be devastating at first and can cause a lot of hurt and fear in your life. But at the end of the day, you’ve really only got two decisions.
You can either sulk and decide that you have no reason to live.
You can decide to be grateful for the situation and realise that you are one of the few special people who have been privileged enough to experience what it is like to be a cancer patient (and potentially a cancer survivor).
You can also go as far as to say that no matter what happens… you are grateful to have been alive and lived whatever amount of years you are.
After all, none of us are entitled to life.
It’s a gift.
And when you adopt this type of philosophy, not only will you be happy with whatever situation you are in… but you will also be able to use it as a way to empower yourself and others around you… as opposed to letting it corrupt and destroy you.
You see, you can’t always change the situation you are in… some things are just out of our control – but you can always control the way you react to it.
Sure enough, this is not an easy thing to do… not everyone will be able to see the world in a positive way – but this is precisely the reason why it is so vital that you start practising gratitude on a daily basis starting today.
So that when crappy situations arise… you will be well prepared.
When you can make it a habit to find as many reasons as possible to be grateful (no matter what the situation is)… that is when you will truly understand it’s full potential and the difference it can make in your life.
So how about you start small by writing down a list of 10 things you are grateful for… every… single… day? The list could consist of anything from being thankful for having a family… to being thankful that your favourite Anime character exists!
It really doesn’t matter…
As long as you can make it a habit to be grateful for what you have… rather than what you don’t have… then your entire mind will make a huge shift in the way you think… behave… and most importantly… the way you feel.
Give it a try… you’ll never be the same again.