In our daily rush we often forget to be grateful. Grateful for all the little things – the beautiful sunset; the neighbour, who signed for our delivery; the spider that spins her wonderful web so brilliantly; birds singing in the morning; rising mist on the lake; etc. We do not see with our heart, we close it off.
And yet it is so important to be grateful – especially for all these wonderful little things, that we all encounter daily. We are so busy focussing on the negative that we get off track.
Stop – breathe – be grateful!
If you consciously and intentionally practice an attitude of gratitude it will literally change your life. All you need to do is make a conscious choice to be truly grateful. This will work because when broken down, anything and everything starts in the mind – and what happens on the outside is a mirror reflection of this conscious decision.
If you choose the power of ungratefulness and always feel hard done by, nothing is ever going right, you have no direction and everyone and everything is against you – this is exactly what will happen.
Gratitude is contagious. Ancient philosophers, like Cicero and Seneca the Younger thought of gratitude as a crucially important virtue which was foundational to a successful civilisation and with that an important human emotion.
This attitude also influences our well-being. If we practice the attitude of gratitude every day in every area of our lives, we suddenly see more options on how to handle difficult situations and are able to grow with the help of these experiences.
We need less energy to avoid problems or to define them out of existence and have more time to be happy about and observe the “little things”, only to be even more grateful. Consequently we will be more content, stress-free and happier.