How Can a Habit of Gratitude Improve Your Life?

Another key habit you need to adopt is to say “thank you.” That’s right. Every single day, make it a practice to say “thank you” for the things that you have and the things that are going right.

Now, I know to a lot of people, it’s much easier to focus on what you don’t have. It’s easier to focus on having a boyfriend or a husband that doesn’t beat you or abuse you. It’s easier to think about a wife or a girlfriend that doesn’t nag, or to desire a life free of drug addiction.

But what if I told you that you actually have a lot to be thankful for? Seriously.

The fact that you’re able to read this book means you have healthy eyesight. At least it’s healthy enough, even if you have glasses or contact lenses. The fact that you are reading this book means that you are able to put a few extra dollars together to afford this book.

Do you see where I’m coming from? It’s very easy to look at what’s missing. It’s very easy to look at our inadequacies and fail to see how blessed we are.

The fact that you live in the United States means that you make more money than 80% of the world’s population. What if I told you that hundreds of millions of people live on less than $2 a day?

I don’t mean to browbeat you, but the truth is, you have a lot to be thankful for. Focus on what you have. Focus on the fact that you did not die yesterday. There are just so many things you can be thankful for.

Why is Gratitude So Important?

When you practice gratitude, you take your center of attention away from yourself. Because when you focus only on yourself, you focus on your problems. You focus on what’s missing. You focus on how life treats you like some sort of victim or martyr.

In other words, you amplify your problems because whatever you focus on, grows. Keep focusing on your problems, and guess what? They become more paralyzing, debilitating and discouraging.

Focus instead on what you have going for you and don’t be surprised if you become for hopeful, optimistic and positive.

Practicing gratitude really all boils down to re-centering or refocusing your mental lens. Because when the camera lens of your personal awareness is trained on the wrong things, it’s very easy to feel small, powerless, weak, voiceless. Eventually, you start convincing yourself that you’re some sort of victim and the world owes you some sort of favor.

I’m sorry to be the one to tell this to you, but the world doesn’t owe you anything. Seriously.

Because the moment you start feeling like a victim, it becomes easier for you to victimize others. It also robs you of your power to change your life. In fact, if you’re not careful, you might even convince yourself to think that you are not responsible for changing your life.

You’re the only person responsible for your happiness. Nobody will be able to do it for you. And this is why you need to practice gratitude to center your focus not on yourself, but to something else outside yourself.

You gain perspective when you do this. And as a result, you focus on what you can build on. You focus on what’s left after some sort of personal disaster has hit your life. You focus on what you can work with instead of the things you lack.

I hope you understand how this works because a little bit of focus can go a long way when it comes to greater self awareness and greater power.

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