Have you ever thought about what happy people have in common? They tend to see the good in things, enjoy themselves, and speak positively. You feel great after being around them.
How about unhappy people? They constantly complain, they don’t enjoy themselves, and can really drain your energy, leaving you feel deflated after spending time with them. They see the bad side in almost everything, and they tend to expect the worst.
Gratitude… Those who are happy, are filled with it, and those who aren’t happy, have a severe lack of it.
“Well, happy people have a lot to be grateful for” may be the first thought that springs to your mind. For some it may start out that way, but how many people appear to have more possessions you could ever dream of, yet they’re miserable? It doesn’t really start that way around… It starts with the gratitude.
Is it common for you to focus on things that are missing, or not quite right in your life? At those times (and at as many times as you can possibly think to do it), pull your focus on to all that you do have in each very moment. The computer you’re reading this on, what you just ate for lunch, how easily the pen slides on the paper — the simplest things.
Once I started looking at my world this way, everything changed.
While I still have set backs sometimes (we’re always a work in progress!), the following passage perfectly describes how I now live. I snapped myself out of autopilot and decided to live each moment. I adore every simple thing that I do, that I no longer need excessive fancy things that are out of my reach to make me happy.
How many times have you thought “I’ll be happy when…“? No, you won’t really be, because soon after you do get that “thing”, you’ll start chasing the next thing that is supposed to make you happy, just as you have your entire life.
Simply choose to be happy right now. It is possible.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus
“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them… Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share.” – Steve Maraboli
“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
“Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” – Steve Maraboli (again, geez this guy is good)
And for now, I will leave you with a little clip from Abraham-Hicks about how to make one of the easiest, yet most ginormous shifts in your life:
Remember, life’s good!
Photo credit: The ever-so-cute Buddha Doodles ❤