How to Feel Grateful for What You Have Now
What Does it Mean to Feel Grateful?
What is gratitude, and why do we need it?
Gratitude is a crucial component in living a peaceful, fulfilling life.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our problems we forget about all the great things we already have.
It sounds counterintuitive: how can you feel grateful at the same time you have serious problems or bad things going on in your life?
That's a good question, and that's why we published this post.
How Do You Really Feel Grateful?
Sometimes it's hard finding things to feel genuinely grateful about.
We compare ourselves with other people and forget about all the positive aspects of our life.
Gratitude helps you connect with your authentic self, and reminds you of what you have rather than what you don't have.
Is it OK to Not Feel Grateful?
It's easy to forget about gratitude, especially when trying to get out of a slump or make changes in your life.
It can be difficult and even depressing when we focus on what we don't have.
If you don't feel grateful sometimes, that's ok.
Your energy flows where your focus goes.
One of the most famous quotes from Buddha is, "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
Remember how lucky you are because there's always someone worse off than you.
And just because you don't have something now, it doesn't mean you can't have it in the future.
10 Things You Should Feel Grateful For Now
Have you ever thought of being alive as the most incredible gift we're given?
It's okay to be sad, angry, or frustrated with life.
But remember that when things are tough or when the world seems unfair, you always have a choice.
You can crumble under pressure, or you can use rise and overcome.
"I feel thankful every day I wake up"
You Have Freedom
Freedom is a privilege we take for granted.
If you've never had your freedom taken away, how can you fully appreciate it?
Gratitude is a choice. And you should always remember and acknowledge the freedom you have.
You can choose how you spend your time and money, and how you live your life.
And even if things don't work out, you can always try again.
Feel grateful for the good things you have right now, and get on with living an epic life!
"I am free to live my own life."
You Have a Bed to Sleep In
It's easy to overlook the simple pleasures in life.
You have a bed to sleep in. Congratulations.
Not everyone has that luxury.
Some people don't even have a place to sleep at night. Think about that.
Appreciate what you have today because it could all change tomorrow.
"I have a warm bed to sleep in, thank you."
People Love You
Take some time out to recognize and appreciate your family, and anyone who makes life worth living.
We always want what we don't have, and it's tempting to focus on all the negatives instead of the positives.
You have people who love you and care about you.
They want you to thrive and succeed.
Keep your perspective about what's essential in life and think about your loved ones.
Life isn't supposed to be easy, but it's supposed to be lived with gratitude in your heart.
"I'm grateful I have love in my life."
You Have Access to the Internet
Grateful for the internet? Sounds funny right?
But without it, your life would be unrecognizable.
Did you know that some people in the world have never even used a computer before?
Remind yourself how fortunate you are to have access to this technology 24/7.
You can do anything on the internet, all virtually for free.
"I feel grateful we have access to the internet."
You Have Opportunities
Do you see an opportunity when you look around? Or do you see limitations and lack?
If anything's holding you back, it's your own mindset that's keeping you from achieving the success you want.
There is an opportunity right now in front of you. You just have to look for it.
When you can take advantage of opportunities that come your way, you'll achieve more of what you want and get less of what you don't want.
"You're surrounded by opportunity."
You Live in the Best Time in Human History
This is the best time to be alive in human history.
There are more opportunities for prosperity now than at any other time in history.
The world has never been more open, interconnected, and accessible than it is right now.
New technology and social media make it possible for anyone to start a business or make their voice heard from anywhere on earth.
It's not about luck anymore; it's about being focused and working hard so you can achieve your goals.
All the resources you need to succeed are available to you. You just have to find them.
"I'm living in the best time in human history."
You Have Enough Food to Eat
Millions of people are starving because they don't have enough food to eat.
If you're lucky enough to live in a developed country you can eat whatever food you want without even thinking about it.
Remember that next time you feel hungry, or start complaining about what you don't have.
Consider how good you have it compared to those less fortunate who have nothing.
"I have food in my stomach, and I'm not starving."
You Have Your Health
Be grateful for your health, even if it's not perfect.
You can walk, talk, think and breathe.
You might have everything you ever wanted, but if your health is poor or you suffer from depression, you can't enjoy your life.
What if your health was taken away?
How would that affect your career, goals, your family, and quality of life?
Robust health is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and it's entirely in your power to possess.
"I'm grateful for my health and wellness."
You Have Money in Your Pocket
Think about what your life would be like if you had no money.
Besides feeling frustrated at not buying what you wanted when you wanted it, you'd probably feel anxious and even worthless.
Half the world earns less in a year than you do in a month.
If you have money in your pocket, consider yourself very fortunate.
We need to be more thankful and count our blessings every day instead of complaining and being unhappy with what we think we don't have.
"I show gratitude that I have money in my pocket."
Why is Gratitude so Hard for People?
The world is filled with people who think they deserve more than what they have.
They feel entitled to be successful, loved, and healthy without doing anything to get it.
But the truth is that we aren't owed anything in life, no matter how hard we work or how much time has passed.
The feeling of deserving more and not appreciating what you already have holds you back from realising your dreams and goals.
How to Build Your Gratitude Muscle
The first step is to stop running from negative thoughts and feelings.
Instead of avoiding them, acknowledge them.
Let yourself feel vulnerable from time to time.
Appreciate what you have, develop a burning desire to get what you want and work hard to make it all happen.
5 Ways Gratitude Improves Your Life
Your Physical Health
It's not so apparent that your physical health is an extension of gratitude, but it's true.
When we are thankful for what we have, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, producing feel-good emotions.
When your head's full of positive endorphins, there is a massive difference in your outlook on life.
Your thoughts, decisions, and actions are all better when you're grateful and healthy.
You stress less and feel amazing more often.
Who doesn't want that?
Your Mental Strength
Gratitude and mental strength go hand in hand.
The moment you start feeling appreciative for what you have, your mindset changes from negative to positive.
You see opportunities you didn't notice before, and you're able to accomplish things you previously couldn't.
An attitude of gratitude increases optimism, lowers anxiety, decreases symptoms of depression, and increases your mental resilience.
All these benefits just from feeling grateful?
Your Self Esteem
Even your self-esteem improves when you feel more grateful.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true.
Gratitude moves you towards higher self-esteem, which in turn leads to more positive thoughts about yourself.
If you're grateful for what you have, you'll feel better about yourself because you realise your life isn't so terrible.
You feel motivated to do more and become more.
This becomes an upward spiral. Each accomplishment motivates you to succeed even more.
Genuine relationships are one of life's blessings, and gratitude is a crucial component of that.
When you feel grateful for having someone in your life, you see past their shortcomings and build a strong bond with each other.
If you disagree, you work it out.
When your relationships are based on appreciation and respect, everyone wins.
Living with an attitude of gratitude gives you zen-like energy that radiates out into the world.
That sense of inner peace makes you a more enjoyable person to be around, making your partner and your relationship happier.
An Abundant Life
When we're thankful for what we already have, we create a space that allows more to come into our lives.
This means taking time each day to pause and reflect on what's going well in your life right now.
Don't waste time on what isn't going your way or obsessing about what isn't perfect.
Choose to think, act and live in appreciation and abundance.
Things to Remember
Gratitude is an attitude, and you can choose your attitude.
In the spirit of gratitude and appreciation, here are a few ways you can practice feeling grateful today:
(1) Say thank you as often as possible;
(2) Live your life with intention because you're worthy of love, success, and happiness;
(3) Forgive yourself and others when mistakes happen.
Remember that not everything will go according to plan- it rarely does.
But stay grateful and do what you can to make it work out.
Your success will come.
Best Quotes About Being Grateful
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”—William Faulkner
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”- Anthony Robbins
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”—Frank A. Clark
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”—Eckhart Tolle