When I compare my lot in life with what others around me have, I generally fall in the middle. I know people who have more of some of the things I want in life, but I also know those who are far less than me.
In the past when in this comparative mood, I would often focus on the first group – ‘the haves’ and longing wish for what I did not have. As wisdom grows over the years I became aware that this wishful longing hampered my search for happiness. During my search, at some state, it dawned on me that true happiness comes from within. My awareness grew from reading books, articles and research studies ad I discovered a common link between happiness and gratitude.
Overtime I consistently practiced gratitude and it has helped me focus on what I do have in life. I acknowledge and appreciate every day all the wonderful people and things I have. This new focus and practice of gratitude has made me happier. I think that if we have a strong sense of what we have, we are in a better position to help others who don’t have as much. Gratitude cultivates empathy.
One strategy that helped me practice gratitude was to keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day write down 3, 5 or even 10 things that you are grateful for and truly appreciate in your life.
Do you think there is a link between gratitude and happiness? What are you grateful for? Leave a comment and as I am interested to know.
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