“Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.” Chip Conley
You might think you have nothing to thank your life for, think again, you are definitely wrong.
No matter how disastrous your life is going, you are lying in a deep pit where it is all dark, you have something to be grateful for. If not a miracle, if not something big, you have your life to be grateful for, you have your heart, your gut, the little courage in you to be grateful for. You have your thinking to be grateful for. You have your perfections and imperfections to be grateful for, your flaws and your talents.
So let us maintain a gratitude diary. We have a diary for our to-dos, for our not-to-dos, for our wishes, for what we want to do, lets add another diary to that list, The Gratitude Diary, a diary where you will write at least four things you are thankful for at the end of that particular day.
And what if you find nothing to be thankful for? Think again, you will certainly come across something or the other. Remember –
Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn’t learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little,
at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick,
at least we didn’t die;
let us all be thankful.
How is gratitude the key to happiness?
You will gradually realize how positive gratitude makes you feel. How contended you feel when even in the darkness of despair you have something to be grateful for- that gratefulness acts as a hope, a light, and many a times a smile.
Obviously we are grateful for things that help us move up and above, forward and succeed. These things, when you will write down in your diary and read a few months, or maybe a year later, will make you happy. Happy about how far you have reached, how much you have learnt and how much you have succeeded.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie