A few months ago, I was on the phone with a nephew when the conversation segued into how karma may cause our everyday challenges.
Then he said something that I will never forget.
He said, “….but I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head and have never gone to bed hungry.”
Just think about that for a minute.
Now read the following:
A decade old United Nations study estimated 100 million homeless people across the globe – that number has more than likely grown.Over 815 million people of the 7.6 billion people in the world, or one in ten, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016. [Source: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization]
I too have a roof over my head and have never gone to bed hungry. That’s enough for me to have an infinite attitude of gratitude.
So what is an Attitude of Gratitude? And why should we develop it?
More importantly, HOW can we develop this attitude?
An Attitude of Gratitude means expressing thankfulness and appreciation for everything we have – small or big, on a daily basis.
This isn’t just about giving thanks to someone who has helped us or has given us something. This Attitude of Gratitude is about forming a habit that makes us thankful for any and everything in our life – including challenges and hardships.
Yes, you read that right – even the challenges and hardships.
Because every challenge and every hardship teaches us something. It develops our character. It builds our resilience.
And when we have an Attitude of Gratitude our overall health improves. Our self-esteem grows. We sleep better. And we feel happier.
It’s not difficult to develop this habit. Cause all we have to do is focus on what we have instead of what we don’t.
But it does take time and practice to get into that mindset of “thanking” versus complaining or thinking nothing is working in our favor.
The way I did it was by daily speaking about all the blessings I have – from food in my belly and a roof over my head to my health and my family and friends.
Believe me when I tell you that Gratitude truly brings Happiness!