This topic has been on the forefront of my mind over the last handful of months.  It seems that every aspect of my life, in which I try to improve upon, a big element becomes being grateful, or increasing my gratitude.

In the plight to get well, lose weight, or meet any of our health related goals, we cannot just change our diet and how much we exercise.  It is a whole lifestyle change, meaning it affects our mind, body, heart and soul.  Our emotions play a key role in how we feel, and being grateful naturally brings about more happiness and joy.

This is scientifically proven!  When we focus more on what we have, we lose sight of what we don’t have.  We are able to see how blessed we are, and turning that toward our higher power will even strengthen that!  If you don’t already, consider finding a place to write down the things that you are grateful for…but going a step further, try acting upon it.  Maybe tell your spouse why you are grateful for him/her, how about your children?

Making it a regular habit to write out a gratitude list will naturally bring us happiness.  No, not just happiness, but joy!  We do attract what we focus on, and I don’t know about you, but I definitely like being happy vs depressed and resentful.

If you don’t, consider making a list of a few things that you are grateful for every evening before bed.  Your brain focuses on those things that you think about just before bed.  So thinking about what you are grateful for just before bed will help embed them in your subconscious.

Here is a video of a monk talking about gratitude.  Give it a watch.  I like how he says that many people believe that they will be grateful after they achieve their goal, or earn that money etc, but this is not the case.  We find joy when we are grateful, no matter our situation.  When we focus on what we don’t have, we never achieve it, because once we do get what we want, we start to focus on something else that we don’t have.

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful



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