Day 3 – Happiness Comes From Gratitude and Appreciation
Yesterday I wrote about the importance of self worth and having faith. Today I want to cover being grateful and appreciating all that we have in life.
I really believe that if you want to love your life, you need to be grateful and appreciate all that you have. It is critical to changing and setting yourself on a path for real happiness. Until I realized this, and started to practice this, there was very little peace and joy from day to day.
For years my life was always wanting. Wanting more, wanting what everyone else had. Living this way brings nothing to you but constant discontentment.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“Things” never in the end made me happy.
We all want nice things, I still do, but I have learned to look at that thing I want and decide, do I really need this?
Wanting everything only led me to a life of overspending and credit card debt, not happiness.
I have learned to be grateful for the simplest things in life.
Gratitude has turned what I have into enough!
As an example, I have learned to be grateful and love my simple home and appreciate all the happiness it brings.
Having a clean, warm bed to crawl into on one of the cold, frigid, snowy nights we had so many times last winter. To wake up and have that wonderful cup of coffee, to have water for a hot bath, and even to have a bar of soap and towel.
We all know so many folks do not have these things, or will never have these comforts we take for granted in life.
This way of thinking does not happen overnight, it takes practice.
I read Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts”, and started my 1000 gifts journal.
Oh how this practice opens your eyes to all the smallest gifts in life.
Hope all of you take this important step of gratitude and appreciation to bring you to a place of “Loving Your Simple Life”.
Please try it!
Blessings and love to all!
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