I am thankful for the opportunity to start a new, fresh day.
I am grateful for the friends and family I have. They’re supportive, loving and encourage me to be the best version of myself.
These are two very simple – yet powerful messages anyone can say everyday, to themselves, to show they are thankful.
When we show thankfulness we eliminate negativity and function at a higher level – allowing more acceptance, care and compassion into our lives.
These messages are so easy to say and are perfect examples of gratitude.
Gratitude therefore is an appreciation of all the things you are thankful for. It is paying respect to, and celebrating what we have and acknowledging the goodness and richness of our lives.
Unfortunately, some people can think gratitude is difficult, especially if we’re having a hard day. If at times you think you have nothing to be appreciative of – I want you to think again.
What about the oxygen you’re breathing – you should be thankful for that!
What about the clothes on your back – you should be thankful for that!
Gratitude doesn’t have to be for some profound and unusual experience. In my opinion, when we show gratitude for the simplest things – this is when true happiness can really grow.
Try this next time you are having a bad day. List as many things you can of which you are happy for. It can be as simple as the appreciation for the food you’ve been able to eat.
Gratitude honestly makes you feel better – and it’s such a simple and easy thing to do. If you aren’t doing it yet, I strongly advise you to start. My life satisfaction has drastically improved just because I’m consciously making an effort to think about the good things I’m grateful for. Give it a go and if you’re really stuck have a look at these prompts, they’ll get you started.