Want to be Happy? Be Grateful.

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I know it’s cliche.  And I know it’s probably not as easy as it sounds.

But it does work.

Research shows being more grateful leads to higher levels of happiness and satisfaction in our lives.

But cultivating gratitude takes time.  It’s a practice.  It’s consistently pushing yourself to see the positive spin on outcomes.

Because life doesn’t always go our way.  And there is an impulse to sulk when things go south.  But this only worsens the pain.

Instead, focus on the lessons.  Focus on what you can learn from it.  And focus on why you are grateful for what happened.

When I first found out I was having twin girls, I was scared out of my mind.  And I wanted to run.  I wasn’t ready.  It wasn’t my turn yet.

And it’s then when I realized we choose our narrative.  We can either look at life as if it’s happening to you or for you.  And I chose the latter.

What a blessing they are.  Sure they are rifled with challenges, but I am grateful of every minute of everyday for how they have shaped my life.  And how they have pushed me to grow in ways I would have never imagined.

And I would like to think I am a better person, husband, and father because of them.  But I couldn’t have seen any of this if I didn’t choose to be grateful.

And when you can learn to appreciate the small moments, the happiness follows.  It’s not the other way around.  We don’t find happiness and then learn to be grateful.

When we learn to cultivate gratitude in the small moments, we bend our view of the world towards one of just a little more peace and happiness.

Where can you practice gratitude in your own life?

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