A Simple Way to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude is often overlooked because so much of our everyday lives is taken for granted.

We tend to forget about the little things in life that make it great and worthwhile.

The little things that we no longer notice yet mean so much.

We quickly forget how much the little things mean to us, but we are quickly and brutally reminded once they are taken away.

That is why gratitude must be practiced and it is so important.

It must be practiced so that we never again forget about the little things that make a world of difference.  The things that bring joy and happiness.

So that we no longer take for granted what is truly important.

Practicing gratitude will breathe life back into what has long been stored in the back of our minds begging to come forth.

Give yourself the gift, the pleasure of being happy with what you already have.

Bring back the feeling of enjoying the world around you like the days of our youth.

Do so by practicing gratitude and fully embracing it.

“There is strength in gratitude.”

Find what so many others have come across when they put gratitude into practice.  There is strength in gratitude.

The simple way to practice gratitude

Every single morning when you wake up, the first thing to do is say thank you.

Say thank you to whoever or whatever, it does not matter.

Just say thank you.

Implement this small and easy practice of gratitude and it will make a world of difference that you would not believe.

Why say thank you?

Every single day that you wake up, say thank you for waking up to another day of life.  Another day that you get to go out and make the most of your life.

Another day to make your dreams come true.

“Every single day that you wake up, say thank you for waking up to another day of life.”

Say thank you for having been able to sleep in your bed and for having a bed to sleep in.

Also, say thank you for the roof that is over your head and all the other wonderful things that you have.

Do you have a car?  Does it run?  Do you have clothes to choose an outfit?

If you said yes those questions, you have something to say thank you for.

At times it may not seem like much, but trust that it’s more than enough.

Put it in perspective

If you don’t know what to say thank you for, take a minute today to look around and think deeply about everything around you.

The ability to walk, see, hear, and speak are all things to be thankful for.  They are abilities to be extremely thankful for.

A place to call home, a bed, running water, heat and air conditioning, food in the fridge, shoes, and clothes are all things to be thankful for.

We take them for granted and don’t realize how special they are to us until they are taken away.  They are taken for granted because we no longer notice them. Those things are no longer appreciated as they were when they were new.

Think about it for a second.

How would your life be if you didn’t have something as simple as running water?  No only for a few days either.  No running water at all.

When you finally get running water, you become overjoyed and are so thankful to have it.

That story changes a few years down the road.

It doesn’t have to be that way though and it shouldn’t be that way either.

By saying thank you and acknowledging all that you have and everyone that you have, you are practicing gratitude, my friends.

When you do so, you are putting yourself in the mindset to appreciate all the things we take for granted.

All the little things we forget about.  The new day, the racket your kids make, a kiss from your significant other, conversations with friends and family, etc.

“Always remember that the little things in life are something to be thankful for and they can add up to be something huge.”

Always remember that the little things in life are something to be thankful for and they can add up to be something huge.

Happiness from Gratitude

Practice gratitude for the life that you are living.

Happiness comes easier when you are grateful for the things and people you already have in your life.

Do not focus on the things you don’t have or the things that others may have as many of us tend to do.

Quit scrolling through social media wishing that you were in someone else’s shoes.

Doing so will only make you feel worse about yourself.  And you never know what other people may actually be going through.

What you see on social media is usually a fraction of what is actually happening.

Don’t get caught up in the “keeping up with the Joneses” game.  You don’t need to take an extravagant vacation because someone else on social media took one.

Focus on yourself and those that you are for and be happy about it. Focus on the present moment.

As the saying goes, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

We make ourselves unhappy by taking everything around us for granted.

Every day we face things, situations, and people that may frustrate us to no end, but through the practice of gratitude, those frustrations become easier to brush off.

“Every day we face things, situations, and people that may frustrate us to no end, but through the practice of gratitude, those frustrations become easier to brush off.”

You won’t carry them with you throughout your day and you won’t take them home to your family.

It’s nothing more than nonsense that is irrelevant to the rest of your day and the rest of your life.

Bottom Line

So, every morning when you wake up, say thank you.

Say thank you, embrace gratitude and put it into practice every single day.

Be grateful and happy!

—Cruz

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