“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
― Melody Beattie
I am a huge believer that gratitude can transform ones life for the better as described in the quote by Meldoy Beattie. You would think that as children we would be taught to be grateful for things that are given to us or what we have, however I feel that we are taught to say “thank you” which are two empty words if we don’t feel thankful.
Five years ago William purchased us both a copy each of The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne and it changed our lives in so many ways. We did the daily tasks together and all though this may not be for everyone, it worked so well for us. Each day I set aside some time to write down ten things that I want to give thanks for and why I am grateful for them. No matter how I am feeling, doing this can instantly change my mindset from one of lack or negativity to one of gratitude and abundance.
We live in such a consumer driven world where the narrative is always that we do not have enough. You need the newest this and the latest that, you need to drive a nice car and have a large home. We are constantly being told that we don’t have enough but I think we don’t have enough gratitude and that is what’s lacking. When I started being grateful for all that I have in my life, I realised that I have so much to be thankful for and I am so blessed. Not a lot of people have the basic things in life that so many of us take for granted.
Here are 10 simple things that I am grateful for each day:
- Health – Our bodies are working day and night to provide us with energy, fight off infection and disease, keep our temperature regulated and keep us ALIVE! This is definitely something to be grateful for as a lot of people in this world do not have bodies that function properly or they are in hospital severely ill.
- Senses – We have five senses; smell, touch, sight, taste and hearing. All of these senses allow us to collect information from the outside world. They allow us to detect pain, pressure, temperature and the position and movement of your body. Even if you are missing one of your five senses, you still have four other amazing senses that allow you to gather information from the world!
- Fresh Water – Not all people have access to fresh water and in Australia we are so blessed to have it on tap! Fresh water it taken for granted all the time which is amazing because so many people live in third world countries or have to travel for hours each day to reach water and even then, it is not what we would call ‘fresh’ or ‘drinkable.’ In fact, some places in first world countries don’t have access to fresh drinkable water. Fresh water allows us to hydrate our bodies, clean ourselves, wash our clothes, wash our dishes and water our gardens.
- Loved Ones – Having people around you that bring joy, laughter and fun to your life is such a blessing! Be grateful for these people because a good relationship is hard to come by.
- A Home – Our home provides us with shelter and a warm and safe place to sleep at night. It also provides us with facilities to bathe, cook and store our belongings. Our homes provide us with so many memories as well.
- Pets – Pets can bring so much joy to your life. Depending on the type of pet you have they can provide you with cuddles, big slobbery kisses, comfort when you are sick or upset and they love you unconditionally. If you are like me, and don’t have any pets currently, you can still be grateful for the pets that you have had in the past and all of the joy they have brought to your life.
- Food – Food is so easily accessible to us these days and all we have to do is get in the car, go to the market or grocery store and fresh food is immediately available. This can lead us to forget all of the hard work that the farmers have done in order to provide us with fresh produce that fuels our bodies and keeps us healthy. The farmers work really hard to harvest the food, then they either take it to the local farmer market and sell it or they have a deal with a grocery store that then comes to collect the food and displays it in store. Remember, it’s always best to buy organic and locally grown!
- Fresh air – The source of life! Having fresh air allows us to breathe and gives us life. Without fresh air we would not be alive, it is as simple as that. A lot of places around the world have severe pollution and the air is not as fresh and crisp as the air in Australia. Be grateful that you can leave the house without wearing a mask everywhere because the air is unbreathable!
- Career – my job allows me to pay bills, buy nice things, have a nice home, socialise with friends, eat delicious food and go on holidays. It provides me with the money to do all of this plus it gives me more skills that I may not have previously had and it is another role to add to my resume.
- Life! – I am alive! This is such a blessing as not every day is guaranteed so be grateful that you are alive because life is beautiful.
Hopefully this will give you some insight or ideas about how you can bring a little more gratitude into your life.
P.s. the two magic words are Thank You. Saying thank you more often, increases our feelings of gratitude, making us more grateful for all that we have and more.