Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the world. Gratitude can change a bad day into a great day. Gratitude can make a poor man rich. Gratitude can change your life.
We’ve all had our share of bad days. You run late to work, get yelled at by your boss, grab a quick coffee only to have it slip out of your hands all over your new shoes, and and it’s only 10 am. Many times the bad days seem to out number the good. They don’t, if you utilize the power of gratitude.
I became interested in gratitude after one of the worst summers of my life. I crashed my car, fell out of love, and witnessed my the death of my dog. I was hurt. In a bad place. I only focused on all the bad things that happened to me, and kept feeling worst and worst about my situation. I tired many different things, but only one thing really worked for me, you guessed it. Gratitude.
I started small. I woke up in the morning and thought of one thing I was grateful for. This varied from day to day but I realized after a week that I really didn’t have a hard time thinking of one thing I was grateful for. I bet if you took a second right now you too could think of one thing you are grateful for. I bet you could think of three, five, hell even 20 if you really had to. They don’t have to be big things either. One day I woke up and was grateful for the birds chirping and giving me something pleasant to listen too while drinking my morning coffee. Start small and you’ll find that even the little things in life are enjoyable and something we never realized that we are grateful for.
So the next time you find yourself having a bad day, take a second to think of something you are grateful for. Take a moment to realize that whatever it is that is stressing you out is minor to what really matters in life, whether that be your family, your loved one, your career, and realize that you have so many things to be happy and grateful for. You have many things to be grateful for, be grateful for those things.