Joseph has had many learning experiences in his forty year of life. His goal is to create content that inspires and encourages people.
Appreciate What You Have
These days it's is so easy to look at other people's "picture perfect" lives on social media and feel somehow less than. Sometimes you can feel like everyone else has everything you don't have, which can make you completely miserable. I bet if you really were honest with yourself, you would see that you have so much to be grateful for. It can be easy to focus on the wrong things and lose sight of what is right in front of you. You just need to learn to shift your perspective a bit. Sometimes we are naturally inclined to see the negative things in life and allow it to blind you to all of the positive. Of course bad things happen, but we can choose not to define ourselves by them. Instead, we can make it a point not to lose sight of everything that is going right.
Look at How Blessed You Are
What are some good things in your life? This can be different for everyone, but we all have the basic needs. So, ask yourself, are my basic needs being met? Do you have food, clothing, a place to live, a job? These are all things that some people struggle with. So if you have all or most of the above, you have much to be grateful for. Do you have family and friends that love you? The sun come up this morning. You woke up with breath in your lungs, and a heartbeat. That's a brand new chance to do something great. Everyday is a new opportunity. So what if you blew it yesterday. This is a new day. Yesterday is over and all we have is right here right now. So be grateful for the opportunities you have everyday.
Little Things Can Be Really Big
Maybe you can't think of any huge things to be grateful for. That's ok. There are hundreds of small things all day that we can choose to notice and be thankful for. You got a good parking space at work or a kind word or smile from someone. These are just a couple of examples. The truth is, there are endless opportunities to choose to be grateful. It may take some practice, but in time, you can turn this into a habit. You may even notice being more content and happy about your life. That does seem to be a side-effect of gratitude.
Always Look For The Silver Lining
Everyone has struggles and challenges in life. Most are temporary but, some are ongoing. Some things we go through in life are extremely difficult. I don't want to minimize what anyone is going through. We have natural emotions that we experience in hard times. That is normal. My point is, that even in the midst of challenging times, we can choose to find something to be thankful for. This can help you hold onto hope and get you through hard times. There's always a silver lining, if you choose to see it. If you are experiencing a challenging situation right now, hang in there. You will get through this.
Count Your Blessings
Count your blessings daily. This a great habit to get into. It will condition you over time to have an attitude of gratitude. When you are constantly thinking of everything that you're thankful for, it makes it harder for negative thoughts and an ungrateful mindset to creep in. Also, when you count your blessings daily, you will start to notice that your list of things you are thankful for is growing. Chances are these new additions to your list were always there, you just didn't notice them before your journey of gratitude.
Let Go of the Past
Often times we can get bogged down with past failures. This can cause us not be able to see what we have right now. No amount of worrying and holding onto our past failures will ever change them. You are here, not there. Your past, good and bad, has given you experience and made you who you are today. Now that you have taken your focus off of the past, you can grab ahold of the present with both hands and shape your future. Now doesn't that sound awesome? Endless possibilities are right in front of you. Guess what? There's something right there to be grateful for.
Share Your Blessings With Others
By now, you are starting to realize just how much you really have. I bet you even have something you can share with someone else. It could be something material, or even something as simple as a kind word or smile. Whatever it is, you have a chance to add to another person's blessings. Maybe even change their life for the better. It's a pretty sweet feeling doing something for someone else. I find that I am much happier when I'm focused on helping someone besides myself.
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