People who have harnessed the power of gratitude have a distinct advantage because of the positive mindset and energy this emotion gives them.
Gratitude is a heartfelt appreciation and thankfulness for what a person has.
Genuine gratitude has been scientifically proven to INCREASE:
- Physical health
- Emotional health
- Social well-being
Gratitude has also been proven to DECREASE:
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. —Zig Ziglar
If gratitude is such a positive thing, why do people tend to be unappreciative or ungrateful for what they have?
We are continually led to believe that we need to have [insert shiny thing here] to be happy or that if we have [enviable item] like someone else our life will be much better.
Neither is true.
Too many people waste precious time wishing they had what other people have than being thankful for what they have been blessed with.
Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want. —Jim Rohn
If most of us step back and take an account of our lives we are blessed more than we can ever imagine.
But because someone else has something we think we need we get upset about it and forget about all the wonderful things we do have.
There are three things I know to be absolutely true for 99.9% of the people in this world:
1. Life is hard for everyone, but certainly easier for some and harder for others.
2. There will always be people have more than you, and specifically have what you want.
3. There will always be people who have less than you, and specifically, want what you have.
It is important to remember that we are all on a journey from the time we are born until we take our last breath. We will not be remembered for the possessions we had, but rather the impact we had on the people around us.
Stay tuned for my next blog post to learn specific actions you can take to create a gratitude mindset.