By Cynthia Petersen
"If you want to find happiness, find gratitude."
Steve Maraboli is credited with this quote, and he is not wrong. Maraboli, a best-selling author and life-changing speaker, had to overcome challenges of his own and stumbled upon the realization that happiness is equated with how grateful one is.
When we are grateful for what we have, we are content. And when we are content, we have a positive attitude. And when we have a positive attitude, we can't help but feel joyful.
Too often we don't appreciate things and people in our lives because we expect them to always be there; a spouse, a parent, a job, a house, money. Unfortunately, it seems as though the only way we appreciate something, or someone, is when we lose them. It's a lesson that is difficult to learn, but harder still to forget.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to take a few minutes and give thanks to all the wonderful things in our lives. It's true; we shouldn't need a holiday to remind us of all the wonderful blessings in our lives, but most of us get so busy with our lives that we sometimes forget to think about how blessed we really are.
One way to appreciate what we have is to count our blessings. Making a list of the things precious to us every night before we go to sleep might give us a better perspective and help us to feel more content, and therefore, happier.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!