The better your attitude, the better you can handle overcome and thrive.
Human beings have the habit of seeing the glass half empty. Media makes more profit off negative storylines. Positivity and goodwill go supporessed in the modern day capitalist society. To reach our full potential and find happiness within, we must stop our obsession with the bad and begin appreciating the good.
The Law of Attraction suggests our predisposed mindsets can either set us up for success or doom us to failure. It is vital, even if reluctant and challenging at first, we must praise ourselves, visualise our achievement and hold confidence in our abilities, even if feigned at first.
Thank you is the key that unlocks the door to instant happiness. Get grateful for the air in your lungs. Get grateful for the mental strength. Get grateful, many are not so blessed.
Thank you for mercy. Thank you for parents. Thank you for kindess. Thank you for peace. Thank you. Say thank you in advance for what is already yours.
Thank you for this day. Thank you for every moment that led to this day. Thank you for the hard times that make me appreciate the good times. Thank you for the lessons. Thank you for the blessings. Thank you for my eyes. Thank you for the miracles I witness. Thank you for the things I take for granted. Thank you for the people in my life.
Keep a gratitude jounral
Follow your passions
- In the morning or before bed
- Three things each entry
- Write weekly
- Think small e.g. sunny days,
fresh cut grass,
an unexpected visit.
- Live slow
- Use mantras
- Practice yoga
- Try Tai Chi
- Grow plants
- Voluntary work
- Community groups
Stay in touch with roots
Spend time in nature
- Maintain regular contact with relatives
- Visit your hometown
- Rekindle lost friendships
- Self reflect
- Nature walks
- Local parks
- Garden days
- Bring nature indoors
- Explore forests
What is gratitude?
The Harvard Medical School provides more detail, writing that gratitude is:
“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals–whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”
This provides a more helpful context, leading us into the next definition from psychiatry researchers, who define gratitude as:
“the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation”
(Sansone & Sansone, 2010).
Researchers also offer this definition:
“an emotion that is typically evoked when one receives costly, unexpected, and intentionally rendered benefits, and is thought to play a key role in regulating the initiation and maintenance of social relationships”
(Forster et al., 2017).
Another simple definition of gratitude that comes from psychology research is:
“a social emotion that signals our recognition of the things others have done for us”
(Fox et al., 2015).