Gratitude is the basic foundation for the appreciation of life. We all have problems, and this doesn't mean we should not demean them, but rather focus on the good things that we have in our life.
The western world has many problems. But it's also the most abundant and comfortable time in human existence (specifically America). We don't have to work in the field 10 hours per day to produce enough food for winter storage. When we are sick, we can go to a hospital for treatment. Unlike those who suffered from the plague and were left in the streets to die. And luckily, a destructive war is not happening on our land.
The more we are thankful for what have (Maslow Hierarchy of Needs), the better we can appreciate the simple things in life. Mass consumerism, marketing and the strive to look and be the best at everything has caused confusion, dissatisfaction in life and low self-esteem. Gratitude lists detach us from external drives and internally fulfill us to make us whole and complete.
So what three things are you thankful for in your life right now? Go ahead, write it down. During a low point in my life, I kept a gratitude journal, and you know what, my perspective about life changed because there was so much to be thankful for instead of chronic complaining over a horrible boss.
Most of the times, there is always someone else in the world having a worse day than you.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com