No doubt about it, gratitude is the key to a happy life.
People who cultivate gratitude get a major boost of happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better liked and have more friends, and are more likely to give help to others. They even sleep better and get fewer headaches.
Positive feelings crowd out negative emotions like irritation and resentment. When each day goes along its ordinary course, it is easy to take everything for granted. It is way too easy to fail to appreciate all the little things of our lives, like air conditioning, cars, favorite foods, our families and friends, good health and happiness.
Not to mention satisfying joys of morning sunshine and a great songs on the radio as we go about our day. Sometimes it is hard to cultivate a grateful spirit as part of our daily routine. We have so much to be grateful for. At times, we almost need a “reset button” to make the effort to add bits of thankfulness into everyday life. Keeping our thoughts at a high gratefulness level is not always easy, but it can be learned.
As our days in life move quickly, we should all enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize that they were the big things. And for this, we should be grateful!
Read more posts by Mary Ann Sheveland here. Mary Ann is a blogger for JenningsWire.