Gratitude – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Improve Your Health
Time ran an awesome article on gratitude – “7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude”:
- More patience – being more patient will help you make better decisions.
- Improved relationships – improve your connection and satisfaction as a couple.
- Improved self-care – improve physical and psychological health.
- Sleep better – more positive thoughts before sleep will relax the nervous system.
- Stop overeating – replenish the willpower to get away from the junk by developing your impulse control.
- Ease depression – perform the “three good things” exercise daily, what are three good things that happened to you today? They can be big or small.
- Longer lasting happiness – instant gratification goes away…instantly, practice gratitude for long-lasting results.
What The Hell Do I Have To Be Grateful For?
Yeah, some days this question is tricky. But if you’re having troubles being grateful AND live in the Europe and North America, you’re spoiled. But it’s never to late to forget about your first-world problems (i.e. lack of Wi-Fi connection, ran out of pumpkin-spiced lattes, etc.). However on the flip-side, if those are your first concerns of your life…then your life is pretty amazing.
Living in America
Odyssey wrote the article “10 Reasons To Be Thankful You Live In America” that I believe will reshape your skewed focus.
- You can flush the toilet paper – In Central and South American countries, you can’t flush the toilet paper because their plumbing isn’t strong enough to handle it.
- Utensils – In most Asian countries you use your hands to eat almost everything – try eating ice cream without a spoon!
- Automatic washing machines and dryers – Try hand washing or sun drying the next time you are doing your laundry.
- Air conditioners and heaters – no, they really don’t automatically come with the house.
- Having a car – while internationally, people have cars, the majority do not. The ability to take ourselves anywhere we want on our own time is something we often overlook.
- Freedom of religion – the ability to choose what you believe in and not have a government ruling over it speaks for itself. Try worshipping Christianity in a Muslim-dominate region.
- Accessibility to fruits and vegetables – not so readily accessible throughout parts of the world. Our food supply is abundant, and for the most part, healthy for you.
- Unlimited water usage – think bucket showers, half-flushing toilets, and reusing dirty sink water. I remember my father telling me about having to take a bath after his brothers and sisters in the same water! Hell, just having a hot shower at your will is simply amazing.
- Stoves, ovens, microwaves, etc. – try building a fire to cook your meals and you’ll be quick to appreciate.
- Having the world at your fingertips – Are you old enough to remember a time without the Internet? How did we live? Anything and everything is available to you with the power of Google.
11. If you can live on $50/day, you’re living better than 93% of the world! (Pew Research Center). Americans who are classified as “poor” by the US government would be middle income globally. With that said, NY Times wrote, “According to the World Bank, 769 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2013; they are the world’s very poorest. Of these, 3.2 million live in the United States, and 3.3 million in other high-income countries (most in Italy, Japan, and Spain).”
America does have her issues, yes, but in comparison to the life-standard of other countries, it’s a great place to live out your days…but that opinion relies on your perception and your gratitude.
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