Be grateful. Wise words from DJ Khaled. And now from me. Too often, we focus on what is wrong with our lives. We concentrate on the negatives. On what we need to “fix” or change in order to be happy. I’m not making enough money. I’m single. I hate my clothing. I hate my body. I don’t have any friends. I have a pimple on my forehead. I spilled coffee on my new pants. I don’t have straight A’s. I don’t like my co-workers. I’m not rich and famous and living in Hawaii.
Now, I am not here to dismiss any and all problems you face. It is important to not ignore serious issues in your life that are really impacting your well-being. Please take care of yourself and get help if you are facing detrimental physical or mental illness. However, I am trying to speak to the people who are perfectly okay in life, but tend to focus on every little thing they wish was was different, myself included.
Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. Wake up every morning thankful for the comfortable bed you are lying in, the coffee you are about to chug, the breakfast you are about to feast on, the people in your life you actually like talking to, the healthy and able body you have, the freedom to go to school or work and learn from others, the car you are about to whip in, the fresh kicks you get to put on your feet, your freaking amazing dog. What matters is you have what you need, and most of us have way more than that.
As a matter of fact, the practice of gratitude will have several scientifically proven benefits to your life. According to Psychology Today, it will help you make new friends, improve your health and well-being, increase your self-esteem, and even help you sleep better. Who doesn’t want better sleep? Come on people, if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to these way smarter people! Science! Psychology! Research!
So be grateful. Focus on the positives in life. Appreciate all the wonderful things in your life, however small or big or medium they are. Celebrate every victory you have and move on from the losses. List off what you are thankful for each morning. Say them outloud to yourself. Write them down if you have to. Tell Siri about it. Any way you want to do it. Just try to start off your day with an attitude of gratitude. End it with even more of it. While it won’t necessarily make your wildest dreams come true, it may just shift your perspective enough to crush today, tomorrow, and the next, until you suddenly wake up a much much happier and healthier person.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my random thoughts. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback! Seriously, I would love to chat with you about anything and everything, even if you barely know me. I just want to help others in any way I can! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay Wayvy my friends!