There are some things we have infinite quantities of: love, respect, hate, anger, etc. But an often overlooked supply of infinite energy is gratitude. Imagine how different your life would be if you approached every situation and circumstance as a small miracle instead of having expectations and demands.
For example, to an 85-year-old it must still be amazing that you can send a message from the US to China by email and it’ll get there in less than a second. Compared to a telegraph or a letter, this is, well, pure magic. And that’s true. It is amazing and it is magical. But how many times have you gotten frustrated when an email took a while to get to your inbox or a webpage took “forever” to load? It only took forever because we expect it to be instant, but that wasn’t the case back in the days of dial-up.
If our expectations can demand more and more out of life, can we not reverse that? What if you surfed the internet expecting for every page to take 30 seconds to load? You’d be pleasantly surprised 99.9%+ of the time. Or your morning commute. What if you expected the commute to take 50% longer? You would start the day out on a great note because it wasn’t as bad as expected almost every time.
You may think this is unrealistic. It is to some extent. But it’s not impossible to change. Celebrate all the small miracles of life: ice cream on a hot day, a smile from a stranger, randomly running into a long lost friend. You know those feelings and can relate to them. Now try your best to fill your life with many of these moments throughout your day. It’s all in your mind.
Reinforce this thought process by reminding yourself how wonderful it is to be drinking such wonderful coffee in the morning. Remind yourself that driving to work, despite all its stresses, is so much nicer than using a horse-drawn carriage. You get the idea.
Then show some gratitude. When good things happen to you, be thankful. Thank your higher power, the universe, or whatever you want. Just be liberal with your praise and gratitude. You won’t run out so don’t be stingy. Being thankful for the small things will reinforce the small miracles approach to life. It will also probably brighten the day of the people around you.
As I’ve said before, you only get one shot at life so you might as well go through it with positive energy and gratitude. Another thing you can do is keep a gratitude journal. You can write down things you are grateful every day or every night before bed. It’ll get you in the practice of doing it, and then during the day you’ll recognize opportunities to be grateful more easily.
Keeping an open mind and thankful heart will lead to a happier and healthier life. Be thankful for getting a chance to experience life and take the plunge!
What do you think? Have you rethought thankfulness and gratitude? Tell us in the comments below!