Gratitude is defined as being thankful or showing appreciation and the willingness to return acts of kindness. In my opinion, gratitude is an act that is rarely portrayed because everyone often expects something at the click of a button or believes that they deserve much more than they actually do. I believe that in order to live a life of gratitude, you have to get out of your own way and practice humility. Once you are able to adopt the characteristic of being humble on a daily basis, you will realize that there are countless things to be thankful for and you will want others to experience the same positive feeling you receive as well. After all, who does not want to feel appreciated!
Now let’s face it. It is very difficult to experience gratitude when you are constantly worrying, in a state of fear, or in an angry space. If you are expecting an apology that you have not received, the promotion you eagerly want, or even chasing an appearance that is deemed acceptable by society’s standards due to your personal fear of not being accepted, it is quite natural that you may forget to stop and show appreciation for everything that you currently have. Eventually, you end up forgetting about all of the positive things that you should be grateful for. You may think they are small and they are not worth the time acknowledging, but all of those little things amount to big things that directly affect you and make you…you. So be thankful!
Take some time out from your busy schedule and life on social media and really reflect on everything that has occurred in your life. Yes, I am sure there will be bad situations, but believe it or not there are plenty of good ones too. Make a list of all of the things you are thankful for…I mean everything. For example, I am thankful for friends, family, the ability to make my own decisions, even the fact that I have food in my refrigerator makes me happy. Just think…there is someone in the world, maybe even in your neighborhood, who is not able to say those very same things and could only dream of possibly having half of what you have. However, this will not stop you from making attainable goals for yourself, but it should make you feel proud of what you have already accomplished and thankful for those who have helped you along the way, because you did not do it alone.
Ultimately, living a life of gratitude is a learned lifestyle. To some it is quite simple and to others it is rather difficult due to focusing on the materialistic, their status, or the feeling of entitlement. However, you cannot forget to take the time out to reflect on your life and not on the things that you want to fix, regret, or want for yourself, but what you currently have, especially those things that no one can take away.