How To Be More Grateful For What You Already Have
There is so much emphasis on getting ahead these days, to be successful and strive for change, that it can be hard to remember that you already have so much for which to be grateful for.
Even worse, the constant pushing to change your circumstances often leads to dissatisfaction, and keeps you trapped in a cycle of always feeling that you are not good enough.
Free yourself from the shackles of must try harder by remembering to stop and appreciate what you`ve already achieved, what blessings you already have in your life. Keep in mind that you are free to be content right now.
Listed below are 3 tips to help free you from the cycle of discontent and how to be more grateful for what you already have...
1. Change Your Focus
Research has shown that the more you cultivate a habit of gratitude, the better able you are to weather the ups and downs of life. As you perceive life to be positive, you will come to expect more of the same. You can retrain your brain from negative self talk to greater thankfulness, gratitude and happiness.
By practicing gratitude you rewire the neural pathways so that it becomes your mindset`s default setting. You learn to look for the good things instead of focusing on the bad.
2. Step Away From More Stuff
If you are like most people, you have more than enough possessions. The current mantra is that spending brings happiness, but deep down you probably know that it doesn`t. Sure, buying a new car or outfit makes you feel good at the time, but that instant high will soon wear off pretty quickly, and so the cycle continues.
Break the habit of buying the next shiny thing and appreciate what you`ve got right now.
3. Develop A Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness and meditation can help you focus on what is already good in your life. By focusing on what matters most and being in the present, you free yourself from that familiar yo-yoing of brooding over past disappointments and future anxieties.
You can easily integrate mindfulness into your day. Whatever you are doing, pause and focus on your breath.
Ask yourself: What 5 things am I grateful for in my life right now? Your 5 items can be anything from having a roof over your head, having a job, your partner or your health.
You can even be grateful for having a comfortable chair to sit on or having clean sheets to sleep under at night. Choose anything that makes you feel good at that current moment.
Choosing gratitude and contentment doesn`t mean becoming stagnant or giving up. It means stepping aside from judgement and freeing yourself from the bonds of negativity.
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Steve Joynson is the owner and founder of Formula To Life Success! A personal development website that offers useful articles and tips about how to live your best life!