The Benefits of Being Thankful

Being thankful is something that everyone should concentrate on. There’s an art to believing that each moment is a gift. An art very few people will ever perfect.

No matter how perennial an optimist you are, there are times when you feel like the world is conspiring against you. Your best laid plans go awry. Karma kicks you in the backside – and all you want to do is wallow in your own sorrow.

Luckily for most of us, we’re able to pick ourselves up by the boot-straps, slap some sense into ourselves and get back to the task of being thankful.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the mind-set of people who are happy, positive and see the silver-lining in all situations they’re met with. I aspire to be 100% thankful 100% of the time – and I’m almost there. That’s not to say it’s been an automatic process, either.

Over time I’ve realized that there are huge benefits in being thankful, here are my top 3:

1) Being thankful lifts your spirit and the spirits of those around you
There’s no better way to feel good from the inside out than being thankful for what you’ve got. Whether it’s the coat on your back, your home, your job or your family – being happy about what you’ve cultivated in life will put an extra spring in your step. Happiness is contagious, pass it on.

2) Being thankful is free

We all love getting something for nothing and being thankful is all about your mindset. It costs nothing to look around you and take in the world. Truly appreciating the small details as well as the larger picture doesn’t cost a cent. That’s awesome.

3) Being thankful is something no one can take from you

Being thankful is like being confident – no one can take either one of these away from you unless you allow them to. Fight for your right to be happy. Find a silver lining. Whatever you do, don’t let anyone tell you that what you’ve got isn’t good enough.

It’s taken many years filled with dreams, successes, falling from heights and losing loved ones for me to realize that being thankful for the most basic of human comforts is what makes me happier than any material possessions I’ve ever owned.

I find joy in moments with my family. When we’re sitting together in the front room playing card games and laughing.

I find joy when I run. There’s nothing like letting your mind wander as your body works hard to continue on, step after step.

I find joy in knowing I have a home that is welcoming, secure and warm.

And I find joy in the relationships that grow and foster over time with friends both new and old. I am thankful for all of these things and so much more.

So there you have it folks. Go forth and be thankful!

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