I don’t know exactly when I started to be more thankful but it was sometime in the past 12 months. Now, it just keeps accumulating, like an ever-growing list of all these amazing things that surround me that I am so completely grateful for. I don’t know why I became more grateful either, but I know that it changed everything.
When you appreciate what you have, the people around you, the world we live in and the moments you have, you start to see things differently. Your outlook on life changes. For me, I actually started to see more and I realised that life is just so darn wonderful! All these things started coming to my attention that I used to take for granted.
Sometimes I consciously give thanks. I will make the effort to appreciate and bring to my own attention the amazing things I have in my life. I scribble them onto a piece of paper and it never ceases to amaze me how long that list can get! Other times, I’m smacked in the face with gratitude, without any effort on my behalf. I had a moment like this when I standing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I can’t even explain it, I was in total awe. And I was SO grateful to be experiencing it. I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude that I could have cried, well actually, I did. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have experienced Mother Nature in all her glory like that….(I just stared out the window for about 5 minutes with a big dopey smile on my face, reminiscing. Still so grateful.) Sometimes it’s the small things, like being served by a friendly face at my local grocer. I always leave that place feeling a little brighter, glad to have discovered a small business with beautiful products and such lovely owners.
Gratitude improves your relationships. It makes you more forgiving to the people in your life, more accepting to the fact that they are not perfect and never will be. The point is, when you start really appreciating them, you don’t care about their flaws, you’re just glad that they are in your life. It does the same for the way you see yourself too, which has been so important for me.
Gratitude makes you focus on the positives. It makes you happy. Not only are you happier because there is suddenly a list of all these amazing things in your life, but you also become infected by your loved ones happiness, because you can appreciate how important this is. Double happy? Yes please!
Since I found gratitude, I realise how much I have, how completely lucky I am, how good my life is and how much I don’t have to complain about. My problems don’t seem like such a big deal anymore (because they aren’t).
My life is a journey for which I now enjoy the ride, rather than constantly focusing on the destination. I’m happier, I’m content and I feel like I am exactly where I should be.
I cannot imagine a quicker way to find happiness than with gratitude. Rach x