Despite not having the best week (work-wise), my heart is filled with gratitude today.
After my parents made a cross country move to Utah at the end of July, they have returned home to Minnesota for the first time.
The entire day at work yesterday, the only thing that was on my mind was getting home to spend time with them. I simply didn’t care about anything else other than being able to come home and give my parents a hug after not seeing them for a while.
If you couldn’t tell, my parents mean the world to me. There’s really no other way to put it – they are my best friends. From doing everything together on the weekends to not being able to see them for months at a time has been challenging to adjust to, but if there’s one benefit to not being able to see them as much as I would like, it’s that I am more grateful for the time that we do share together.
Feeling Angry? Be Grateful Instead
“It’s impossible to feel anxiety and gratitude simultaneously. It’s impossible to feel fear and gratitude simultaneously. It’s impossible to feel anger and gratitude simultaneously. Fight negative emotion with gratitude!” – Rachel Hollis
Life is going to present many daily challenges. Some of these challenges are going to leave us feeling down on ourselves and angry at the world around us. Other challenges are going to seem impossible to overcome and are going to leave us feeling scared. Some challenges may even leave us feeling scared and angry.
No matter what challenges you face, always find gratitude. It is gratitude that will help you to find your strength, gratitude that will help you to move forward, and gratitude that will get you back to living the life that you deserve to live.
I know that it’s a lot easier said than done to find gratitude in times of despair, but if we want to find happiness during the times in which we are feeling down, then we need to focus on being grateful for what we have instead of focusing our time on the things we lack.
Gratitude Takes the Pain Away
As rough of a day as I had, once I started focusing on the small things that I am most grateful for, happiness once again started to find its way back into my life.
No longer was I feeling on edge, no longer was I looking for things to complain about, and no longer was I feeling down. Instead, I was able to, once again, see my life for the true blessing that it is.
It may not seem like a big deal to start prioritizing gratitude, but if you’re feeling down, what other option do you have? When you look for things to complain about and things that are missing from your life instead of focusing on all that you have, how could you possibly expect your mood to shift into a more positive one?
Gratitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Love is a choice. Every single one of our actions in life is a choice, even the negative ones. If you want to start living a happier and more meaningful life, then you need to be willing to find the things in life that make you happy instead of waiting for them to come to you.
Whether it is big or small, find something to be grateful for. Every single day at every single moment, there is always something to be grateful for.
The more grateful you are for all that you have and the life that you live the happier you will be and the better life you will live.
Remember that gratitude is a choice. It takes time, commitment, and determination to show gratitude during tough times, but know that a better life awaits on the other side.
So, what are you most grateful for today?