“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.”
- Alice Morse Earle
This quote points out something very important: our attitudes affect our outcomes. While our jobs and relationships can get overwhelming, pessimism will only add on to the burden of stress.
“Appreciate what you have” may sound like something your mother would say. But, rather than thinking of this phrase as an annoyance, treat it as eye-opening advice. Here are ways that you can cultivate an attitude of gratitude and ultimately, realize your full potential.
If you are grateful for your health, do your best to maintain it. A healthy lifestyle involves plenty of exercise and balanced eating habits. When faced with the choice between a double cheeseburger and a green smoothie, opt for the latter one. The first person you should be grateful to is yourself.
Negative thoughts will narrow your focus and prevent you from seeing opportunities that may end up solving your problems. Think positively. Write down a list of things that you are grateful for and that make you happy. Read this list whenever you feel down.
Fun is an essential source of stimulation and relaxation. It is a way to fuel your creativity, imagination, problem solving skills, and emotional wellbeing. Playing Sudoku games, can, for instance, stimulate your mind to solve problems and give you a sense of achievement.
Giving is receiving. By being kind to other people, you fill your mind with positive energy. Offer to help those who are important to you, whether it's through babysitting, chores, or advice. Remember to also help people you don't know. You can give money and clothes to charity, or volunteer.
Be Thankful for the Little Things
Stop and consider whether you've taken the time to express gratitude for different aspects of your life. Learn to say “thank you” more often. You'll realize that little things are worth being thankful for, because they make your life wonderful and worth living.
Spread the Word About Gratitude
Let other people know how great it is to live a life filled with gratitude instead of bitterness and lamentations. In turn, this can amplify your desire to keep walking down a road of positive thoughts. Organize a meet-up where everybody exchanges why they're grateful about their lives.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and it will make your life much happier. Start with the small things.
About the Author
Cristina Nika is a blogger from Sydney who likes to get lost in the world of fashion, beauty and healthy lifestyle. She is a frequent guest blogger as well as the regular author on High Style Life, has an insight in variety of subjects and strong interest in blogging about it. Constantly in search of love and beauty and finding it in different places every time.