Finding gratitude is a key component of happiness. Thanksgiving is almost here. Now, and every day, is the right time to give thanks for all of the wonderful things in our lives.
Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways to boost happiness. Even when everything seems to be going wrong, there are plenty of things we can all be thankful for when we take time to reflect on it.
At Manhattan Resources, we have many reasons to be happy this holiday season — and our clients are top of the list. It would be simple to write about our own successes. But there is something so much more elemental that rings true at this time of year. It is the simplicity of living and mindfulness for the things most of us share when it comes to finding gratitude. For that reason, we are taking this opportunity to highlight them.
Finding Gratitude is Easy When You Acknowledge Kindness
Why do we pay more attention to bad news than we do to good news? Some psychologists suggest it is a trait we have developed because bad news may come with a threat to our survival. How sad that when someone says something rude to us, we tend to dwell on it. On the other hand, a smile or kind word often is quickly forgotten, if noticed at all. Try to recognize and be grateful for the kindness of others.
The Kindness You Can Show to Others is Another Good Reason to be Grateful
It is not always easy to feel gratitude. At times, the people in our lives can leave us feeling disappointed, hurt, betrayed, rejected and even abandoned. There is little we can do to alter the actions of others. But we can do something about our own behavior. We can treat others kindly, brighten the day for someone going through difficult times, or ease the pain of people and animals who are suffering. Our capacity for kindness is a valuable gift. Research supports that showing compassion can increase our own happiness, as well as that of others.
Finding Gratitude for Your Birth
Birth is amazing when you consider it. What are the chances that all of the DNA and physical combinations came together to create the one and only person that you are right now? The very fact of your existence is a miracle. The probability of your existence will amaze you. Take a look at this infographic. Research shows that counterfactual thinking about your own birth — imagining all of the possible scenarios if you had not been born — can increase your sense of meaning in life, and your gratitude.
Be Grateful for Your Powers of Physical Perception
Can you imagine living without a sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, or hearing? For many, living without one sense or more is a way of life that they learn to compensate for with another sense. We experience the world through our senses. Those among us who are blessed with all of our senses are fortunate. Be grateful for your gifts of sensation and perception.
Finding Gratitude for Your Ability to Learn
We live in an information society. As a result, we are fortunate to be able to freely access knowledge and speak openly about our own ideas. Not everyone has this freedom. But for many of us living in the U.S., we only need to go as far as our computer or mobile device to learn about a countless number of topics. We are also blessed with the power to weed the good from the bad, and the right from the wrong. We learn from our mistakes, and if we are smart, we do not repeat them. Our freedom to think, to share, to teach and to learn is a gift worthy of celebration.
The Gift of Surviving Difficulties and Growing Stronger Because of Them
People are amazing. We often surprise ourselves with our own ability to get through tough times. Sometimes these are things we dread and we are often convinced initially that it will be more than we can bear. But we are stronger than we think. We never really know how strong we are until we are faced with critical challenges. A good example is a sheer will to survive that brought so many people out of California’s wildfires even as the flames raged around them. Never underestimate your own ability to cope with negative events and be grateful for it.
Be Grateful for Good Memories
When considering what you are thankful for, don’t forget about things we’ve experienced in the past and the loved ones we have lost. Memories are important to us all. Research shows that reflecting on happy memories can increase happiness and reduce loneliness.
Finding Gratitude for the Basics
Remember there are people in this world who do not have access to the basics. If you have clean water to drink, food when you’re hungry, a bed when you’re tired, and heat when you’re cold, you are already among the fortunate. Never take your basic needs for granted. Be grateful that your basic needs are met.
Finding Gratitude in the Moment
Even when the future is uncertain, we have now. To live in the moment, or now, means being conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses. It means not dwelling on the past, nor being anxious or worrying about the future.
Living in the moment doesn’t mean erasing the past or devaluing it. You are the sum of every experience you’ve had up to this moment, and all of it matters. It means we don’t limit ourselves with old beliefs or let guilt and shame rule our decisions.
Living in the moment means being free from the baggage that gets in our way. It means looking at those old photos and celebrating what they represent. It is knowing that your memories contribute to but do not limit who you are today.
Living in the moment doesn’t mean throwing caution to the wind. It means drawing on your internal strength in each moment to celebrate who you are — and to honor your relationships, build your business, explore your creativity, love your family, and enjoy the day.
Living in the moment allows you to be present to witness the miracles of life without fear clouding your view. This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for what we have at this moment on a very special day.
From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
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