You have, so much in your life to be grateful for. Even if things are not going great, even if some bad things have happened, there is always something good in your life and something to be grateful for.
Even the bad things, are not always bad, we’ve just trained ourselves to see them that way. Sometimes the things we think are good, or a blessing, ultimately could be bad for us.
An event is never necessarily good or bad. We assign the labels of good or bad based on how we view and understand those events, and also how we they think they will affect us.
With all that being said, if your mind tends to drift towards focusing more towards feeling like everything is bad, then you need to shift your thinking.
How? You need to find things to be grateful for. I did. I took a good look at my life and looked for 108 things that I could give thanks for. I made a list before of things to be grateful for when I didn’t have any money. I took away the pain of being without money and then my situation turned around.
When you focus on being grateful, and finding the thanks in the small things, and finding the blessings in the hardships, your situation will change.
Do this exercise once a week. Find 108 things to be grateful for. I did it, pushed myself to find those things and I’m sharing them below. I urge you to do the same, share them in the comments if you wish.
It will take a hour or two of your time at most, but will steadily change your life and your way of thinking. It will help you develop and attitude of gratitude.
Look through my list if you get stuck with yours; it may just spark something in you to recognize something to be grateful for.
Why 108? In Hinduism, 108 is a significant number and for me personally, a number I see everywhere.
It will be tough at first, but stretch yourself. You can do it!
- A loving fiancee who’s been there with me through it all, the good and bad times.
- Wise words from a friend just when I needed it.
- Still having my Dad around who’s been a tower of strength.
- An understanding boss.
- Being paid and having money.
- Having disposable income no matter how little.
- Having a roof over my head.
- Having strong legs and a healthy back.
- The ability to work from home.
- Seeing a cute baby which puts the biggest smile on face.
- A loving family.
- Access to amazing music from incredible artists.
- Having the ability to contact my loved ones at anytime.
- So much technology to improve and enhance my life.
- Hugs from people who hug properly.
- Challenges that make me stronger.
- The ability to heal from an injury.
- Having eyes to witness daily wonders.
- To be able to love.
- Having the sense to differentiate between right and wrong.
- A healthy mind with which I can choose.
- Having the gift to make people laugh.
- Having the power to shape my own destiny.
- Having the ability to enjoy food and all things yummy.
- Bringing joy to thousands through knowledge and wisdom.
- Being blessed with a car that affords me so much freedom.
- Having someone at home, to come home to.
- Having the ability to connect with strangers across the globe.
- Having technology to capture breathtaking moments like a pro.
- Working in an affluent area.
- Seeing priceless works of art daily.
- Living in such a fortunate and affluent country.
- Living in a country that has so many freedoms unlike any place on earth.
- Living in a diverse place when I’m not judged on my differences.
- The free coffee my barista gives me regularly.
- Access to ample free and clean water.
- A comfy and cozy bed.
- Easy access to food from all over the world.
- Games that I can play with strangers across the globe.
- An air conditioned office.
- Living in a clean safe neighbourhood.
- The options to save, invest and build wealth.
- Being surrounded by amazing inspiring hard working people who inspire me.
- Having the opportunity to spend time with loved ones.
- I’m grateful for people out there who fight for our rights and privacy.
- I’m grateful for the people who stand-up for me, even when I don’t realise it.
- Access to some many free things across London like parks and churches.
- Freedom to say what I feel.
- Easy access to healthy food.
- A working mind that allows me to learn new things.
- WordPress – a free tool that allows me to publish these words safely and easily.
- Clean water with which to bathe.
- A cool breeze on a hot day.
- Exchanging smiles with a beautiful stranger.
- Being acknowledged by people for the work you’ve done.
- A strong heart.
- A resilient personality.
- The courage to stand-up for myself.
- The ability to experience tactile contact.
- Google for delivering over 1000 people to my blog every single day.
- My dad for teaching me the value of money.
- My mum for teaching me the value of hard work.
- The ability to make friends wherever I go.
- Access to reliable and clean transport.
- Viral funnies.
- Quality shows and sport on TV.
- Excellent health care.
- Happy memories.
- Priceless knowledge from books.
- Badminton clubs which I love to go to.
- Apps that help keep me motivated.
- A smile from a good looking stranger.
- Compliments from friends.
- Finding money in the street.
- Having lots of places to meditate at lunchtime.
- People who’ve enjoyed my articles and taken time out to say thank you.
- Ice-cream on a hot day.
- The police for keeping us safe.
- People who nurture and encourage me.
- People who challenge me.
- A surprise message from a friend after a long time.
- Receiving a gift.
- Seeing an act of kindness.
- When someone is honest with me.
- A hot cuppa in the evening to relax.
- That moment when your bum hits the sofa after a long hard day.
- Being able to laugh at myself when something goes tits up.
- My iPhone.
- My iPad.
- My Rubiks Cube.
- How dogs always roll over for me and want me to rub their belly.
- Old black and white movies.
- My future mother-in-law.
- My brother.
- Delicious home-cooked, Indian food.
- A cheese toastie.
- Watching fake wrestling but enjoying it anyway.
- Being told a quality one-liner gag.
- Friends who host the best parties.
Don’t just do this exercise because you feel like you have to. Don’t even do it because you think you may get something out of it. Do it because you enjoy doing it and truly, when you get started, you’ll love it.