Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough,
I genuinely believe that I'm one of the most satisfied and happy people I know. And that's not because I'm richer, or more beautiful, or have more stuff or more friends or more talents than everyone else that I know. Far from it.
It's because I make a practice of gratitude. Every day. In fact, I've been doing it for so long that it's become second nature - and it's made a massive difference in my life.
Now, I'm not a religious person but the following quote from Meister Eckhart has always appealed to me:
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
So, that's what I do. I like to walk every day and, every day, whilst I'm walking along, I say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you", to myself, over and over again. Sometimes I say it out loud. Sometimes I sing it to myself, fitting the words into the song that's currently occupying space in my brain. Sometimes I whisper it to myself as I walk along. Sometimes I just say it in my head.
However I do it, something magical happens and, before long, I start to see and think of more and more things to be grateful for: the squirrels chasing each other around a tree, the swans and their cygnets swimming along the canal, the Bank Holiday weekend coming up, all the information that I have such easy access to, the two buddies that I get to meet up with for our regular early morning cup of coffee... before long I've lost count of the items on my list. And, in the face of so many things to be grateful for, how could I fail to be happy, and satisfied and even more grateful?
Try it. And if just walking along saying 'Thank you' doesn't float your boat, check out:
A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently) (from Unstuck.com)
Why gratitude makes life better + 40 ways to get started (also from Unstuck.com).
Find something that works for you and stick with it. I promise - it'll change your life!