I have been writing about gratitude for sometime now.
I first wrote about it in Thank Him Every Day: Key to A Happy Life then I shared a video in another one, Thank God I am So Lucky: A Touching Video then in my 10 Things to Create Your Dream Life & a detailed version of the 10 things, 10 Things to Create Your Dream Life: Part I (Thank God Every Day).
You must be wondering why I am sharing with you all my previous posts about gratitude.
The reason is simple, most of us still don’t do this simple thing in our lives: Thank God.
Simple, yet so powerful that it changes the whole perspective about life.
I meet a lot of people every day, especially when I am speaking, and the first thing I notice is the lack of gratitude in people’s lives.
In spite of being lucky enough to be born in the top 5% of the population, people – especially youngsters – feel that they don’t have anything.
Most of their dissatisfaction in life comes from possessions, or the lack of them. They feel that since the other guy/girl has a better purse/watch/cell phone/car/clothes they should also have it. If they don’t then they sulk and curse the whole world. I know that you don’t. But I have met people who do.
So, why gratitude?
Why is it so important?
Because, the moment you are grateful for the things you HAVE, suddenly you realize that even these things – which to you have become your ‘birthright’ – are not available to 90-95% of the population.
Reading this post in a clean room where there is electricity (or generator/UPS…!), a clean bed to sleep in, a refrigerator to nibble stuff from when you feel like it, being able to eat almost anything that you could wish for, or being able to read this post and for that matter – in English…. What else could one want?
Ever thought that there are people who don’t even have the above luxuries? Which to us have become our bare necessities?
Only when we look at people below us we realize how fortunate we actually are…
But we don’t look at the have-nots and be happy.
Why we always look at people above us and then sulk, cry and ruin our days/weeks/months in fact – life?
I know this has gone a bit serious but this is a question that we should ask ourselves today and every morning when we wake up.
We can even do this for a selfish reason: To Be Happy!
Because the key to being happy is not bigger or better possessions, but contentment.
Being happy with what we have, and not what we don’t have.
Here is a beautiful quote for us to remember:
“He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Socrates
Be grateful, every morning and evening and Be Happy. Simple, yet powerful.
Also, another selfish thought: Research has proved that happy people are more successful.
(For more info on this, read Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage)
It won’t even take a minute of your day, but could fill your day with happiness:
Before going to bed & the moment you wake up:
Be grateful for what you have.
Count your blessings.
Create A Gratitude List.