Being grateful means counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that we have in life. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. We want to share with you why we should all be grateful for what we have in life. Here at Home To Home Calls wants to share some tips about how to promote good mental health.
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Notice and Appreciate Each Day’s Gifts
How often do we take for granted all the good things we already have?
Some of the very basic things we all take for granted, such as our home, our ability to see or hear, our ability to walk. Our health, the health of our children, the roof over our heads, a cold fridge to keep our food from spoiling, a warm bed to sleep in every night, access to clean drinking water… the list could go on. People tend to take for granted the good that is already present in their lives. In addition, you need to start finding joy in the small things instead of holding out for big achievements—such as getting the promotion, getting married, having the baby, and so on before allowing yourself to feel gratitude and joy.
We whine and complain about things while enjoying all of these luxuries. Try going one day without any of the above and see how insignificant your current complaints may be. When things don’t go your way, remember that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. In the face of adversity ask yourself: “What’s good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, and “How can I benefit from this?”
When we fail to notice what we do have, we don’t align ourselves with receiving more. Having a lack mindset, where we just constantly feel like we don’t have enough and complain all the time, actually only sets us up to attract more circumstances that make us feel like we don’t have enough.
We have to see the good already around us before we can allow more good into our realities.
You are open to receiving more good things to be grateful for when you yourself are grateful
Once you’re feeling grateful, you are now in the same “funnel of energy”, if you will, as other positive things, which means you’re able to receive them. You actually become a magnet for them. What we focus on expands, good or bad.