“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
How often do you pause to appreciate what you have in life?
Happiness and gratitude are two of the most important factors in life. People who live longer and more fulfilling lives are not people who have perfect lives, but who have focused on the positive, bounced back from setbacks and cultivated happiness and gratitude as one of the most precious elements of their lives.
Happiness is sometimes viewed as a state that can be reached by achieving some goal or acquiring possessions (e.g., “I would be happy if _____”), however, from psychological research we now know that happiness is more related to being grateful for what we already have.
Awesome things are happening to us, all the time, everyday, even in between all the bad and stressful things that happen. Events we may perceive as negative, such as obstacles, challenges or bumpy relationships, are actually things to be grateful for, because they help us grow and become what we will be.
We are all on a road to find our purpose in life and to make our dreams come true. The road is full of beautiful moments alternated with bumpy periods and challenging situations. It’s easy to ruminate on the things that didn’t go well during the bumpy periods; we tend to lack practice in remembering and savoring the beautiful moments we encounter along the journey.
Leaf it UP invites you to take on a challenge this week. Join us on the road of filling our daily life with happiness and gratitude. Everyday of this week, find a different thing to be grateful for, write it down and share it with others. You can use Email, Facebook orTwitter. You can also take a photo of something, somewhere or somebody who makes your day joyful and bright and post it on Facebook or Instagram. Do not wait, start collecting your joyful things early on in the day. You may be surprised that you end up with more than one awesome thing. With practice, you will get better at recognizing these good things throughout your day.
If you would like to take this activity one step further: start practicing shifting setbacks or challenges from negative things into positives things and then being grateful they occurred.
Leaf it UP will be writing what we are grateful for too, check us out on our social media and get ideas and inspiration. Please tag us on your tweets (#gratitude @leafitup), Instagram and Facebook (@leafitup) gratitude message, so we can see it and get inspired too.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus