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The Power of Gratefulness

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By contributing blogger Jenise Wilson

Gratefulness is a powerful remedy for depression and anger. While this is a seemingly easy concept, being grateful is easier said than done; especially on days when everything appears to be going wrong. When life appears to be in pure chaos, how can you find something to be grateful for, and what will gratefulness do for the chaos? Both are great questions, so let’s break them down.

How can I find something to be grateful for when everything is going wrong and my life is in pure chaos?

When everything appears to be going wrong we tend to have negative tunnel vision. The happiest of people aren’t missing difficult events, but they choose to see the positive even when there is a lot of hurt, pain, and discomfort in their lives. So, each morning, evening, or both, take a couple minutes to sit down and write three things that are going right in your life. This pertains to anything, even what seems like a simple thing such as having someone to talk to, getting a warm meal, being able to shower, the sun shining, or the simple fact that you woke up in the morning.


What will this gratefulness do for the chaos? Will it make the chaos go away? No.

Will it bring instant happiness? Probably not.

But starting a gratefulness list starts to switch your perspective from negative to positive. Once this practice becomes a habit, you will be surprised at how quickly you start to notice the positive, happy moments in your life, and how much you start to appreciate them more. On top this, while chaos and uncertainty are a part of life, you will start to feel more capable of handling the chaos and discomfort because you are aware of the positivity in your life. The change isn’t overnight, good things rarely do happen overnight, but the effort is well worth the reward.


My Challenge To You

For the next seven days, I want you to write three things you are grateful for in your life. Take the time to actually write them down, and think of three different things every day. This challenge might be hard at first, but you will see the benefits shortly after starting.


I will start. Today, I am thankful for:

  1. My dogs that greet me with enthusiasm and love on every encounter.
  2. The water in my cup.
  3. You.

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