As I shared previously in my article, Gratitude: What it is and Why it Matters, gratitude has the power to transform your worldview, and in turn, your whole life can change for the better. It can lead you on the path to happiness, help you to love yourself more and improve the quality of your current relationships. Sometimes practicing gratitude is difficult due to circumstances beyond your control; that’s why I encourage you to read on for seven practical and actionable tips to help you make a change.
Being Grateful is a Choice
Did you know that being grateful and thankful for the things you have is a conscious choice? However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. According to the New York Times, “For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond deprivation and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easily.”
These ordinary situations can be negative, but they can also be positive, and often as inconsequential as getting a closer parking spot, having the perfect amount of milk for your breakfast cereal or emptying your email inbox. When tasks appear hard or time consuming, it can be easier to get hung up on how annoying the task may be, rather than feeling overwhelming gratitude as soon as the task is complete. Sometimes all it takes is a change in the way you view the situation, and gratitude can come much more easily.