Life is a gift that is always worthy of thanks. It is a sincere privilege to be alive, and the best way to pay for this one precious lifetime is to be thankful for it and to express that heartfelt gratitude in our thoughts, speech, and actions—in how we move through the world.
“Appreciating a lesson learned means: being grateful you have the wisdom for tomorrow that you didn’t have yesterday.” – Doe Zantamata
Be Thankful, Choose Happiness
I intend to focus on the positive and live in the light.
This day brings new opportunities to be happy, whatever that may look like for you and however that may feel for you. Happiness doesn’t mean bubbles and sunshine (but sometimes it might); happiness might come in waves and touch you with one moment of peace in your day if that’s what you need right now.
There’s a chance to smile today, to change your mind, to help another or yourself in small ways, to not take any small moment of peace for granted. There’s a chance to be happy, and the way to embrace that opportunity is through gratitude.“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” – Richard Bach Click To Tweet
If you are not deeply grateful, you cannot experience the depths of happiness. There is no pure joy without pure gratitude
Life is definitely not about having what we want; it’s about learning to want what we have, and what matters. It’s about learning to be thankful for it all, through it all, and because of it all. By consciously tapping into gratitude, we choose happiness.
Too Blessed to Be Stressed
No matter how many reasons I have to frown, there is always, always a reason to smile.
Life isn’t perfect, but be thankful for everything you do have. When we lose, there is something else to gain. Even our struggles bring opportunities to discover newfound strength and the wisdom to grow. It also seems that the more you thank life, the more live gives you to be thankful for.Through sweet and bitter occasions, there is an emphatic call to give thanks for it all. Click To Tweet
Oprah Winfrey said it wonderfully when she said, “Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
I also find the following two passages to be beautiful and suitable for life’s many moments:
“If you are grateful, I will give you more.” – Quraan 14:7
“Be thankful in all circumstances.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Express gratitude in a journal or drop grateful thoughts into your happiness jar. Pay attention to your internal and external dialogue. Most importantly, live by those words. The more you highlight the blessings in your day (however trivial they may seem at first) the less you feed the stress.
Make Today Count
I am making the most of this one beautiful life, because I am grateful for another day on earth.
No matter how good or bad you think your life is, wake up each morning and try to be thankful that you still have one.Consider the wondrous thought that you're here, in this place, as you are, on purpose. Click To Tweet
Every day is a new beginning, and it’s worthy of being treated as such. What might have been has not been, and what has been has brought you to this moment, where what is simply is. It’s up to you to make the decision to have a good life from this day forward.
We don’t know where this road may lead, and we don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of the world, but as William Shakespeare did write, “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.”
If we are to make today count, gratitude is the way. No matter the question, give thanks in your answer.
- What and who are you thankful for today?
- How do you remind yourself that you’re blessed?
- What invaluable lessons have you learned along the way?
Please share your positive thoughts, healing lessons, inspiring stories of how gratitude has changed your life, and today’s blessings with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who still has so much to be thankful for.
For just one moment in your day, stop and consider how glorious it is to be alive.