Writer: ona rihu
picture: catarina böckerman
How to find gratitude?
We are all beyond privileged. Many people realize this, but few of us actually express our gratitude daily. The fact that you can read this means you’re more privileged than a majority of the world’s population. But I’m not here to preach. We all have baggage, been in unexpected situations and experienced losses in our lives. But if we choose to dwell on these things, we lose the light that drives us forward.
There’s always someone who’d love to have your “bad days”. There’s always someone who would kill for your job. There’s always someone who wishes they could do the things you do. Don’t take yourself for granted.
Gratitude begins in you. Feeling grateful and content is the ultimate form of happiness you can achieve. Ambition is great, but what are achievements without gratitude? An endless cycle of always craving for more, never feeling satisfied.
Expressing gratitude every day is a small step you can make for your own wellbeing. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll see yourself feeling happier and happier and realising all of the amazing things you have in your life. You’re in charge of your own happiness. Nothing can take that away from you.
Energies attract energies. If you’re constantly complaining, speaking badly of others or feeling sorry for yourself, you’re sending out a low vibration and negative energy to the universe. Do you think you’ll attract positive things with that attitude? Try to get rid of these habits, and replace your negative thoughts with more positive ones.
Writing gratitude lists is a great way to express gratitude and to bring life to your thoughts. Write down the most simple things you’re grateful for. Your morning tea. The soft pillow that you get to sleep on every night. The fresh food that nourishes your body. Your capability of taking care of yourself. These are all things that should bring us great happiness, but we’re being taught to think that nothing is enough. Our constant need for new things takes away the joy of simply enjoying what we already have. So start writing gratitude lists every day. Also have a read through those lists every now and then, and try to truly feel gratitude in your heart. You’ll quite likely notice a difference in your mindset right away. Say thank you, smile more often and give others compliments. It will not only make your day a little better, but theirs too.