A grateful person is a happy person. Many spiritual traditions maintain this. Even science backs the claim that gratitude makes people happier. It was found in scientific researches that grateful people experience lower levels of depression and stress. They also demonstrate higher levels of life satisfaction, positive emotions, optimism and vitality.
Let me share with you a story of a blind girl…
There is a girl who is blind at birth. Because of the blindness, the girl hated herself and everyone, except her loving boyfriend who is always there for her. She told her boyfriend that if she could see the world one day, she would marry him. One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. After the surgery, she can see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The girl was disappointed when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote her a letter saying, “Dear, please take good care of yourself and my eyes!” The girl was shocked that her boyfriend would sacrifice his own sight just for her. Though she can now see everything, she remains sad as she never gets to see her wonderful boyfriend again.
Few people remember what life was before and who has always been there even in the most painful situations. Many people complain all day, every day. They seem to be addicted to complaining. Studies reveal that the average person complains between 15 and 30 times per day!
We should stop complaining about almost everything that crosses our path and start living a more fulfilled life... Before complaining about how bad your food taste, think of people who have nothing to eat. Before complaining about how far you need to walk, think of people in wheelchairs. Before complaining about your spouse, think of people who have no companion. Before complaining about your children, think of people who desire children but remain barren. Before complaining about your tiny house, think of the people who are homeless. Before complaining about your job, think of people unemployed who hope to have your job.
Life is a gift. You possess the choice to make yourself happier. You can take proactive steps towards becoming a happier you by complaining less and taking a more positive outlook in life. When you focus on the things you don’t have, you tend to forget all the blessings you do have. That’s why it’s important for you to count your blessings and not your problems!
Counting your blessings makes you a grateful person which will lead you to becoming a happier person too. For those who can’t sleep at night due to whatever problems, try counting blessings instead of counting sheep!
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