Happiness and Gratitude

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 “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

~ John Lennon

            Whether we desire fame, wealth, success or the latest mobile phone, the goal towards which we direct all our thoughts and activities is happiness. We believe that achieving a level of fame or wealth or buying material goods would bring us happiness, that happiness is the ultimate purpose of human existence. Although this is true, happiness is sometimes viewed as a final state that can be reached by achieving some goal or attaining a material possession. However, in reality, happiness is all about being grateful for what we already have. The more gratitude that we allow to flow through us, greater the positive changes we would witness in our lives.

To show gratitude, we need to first understand the circumstances when we feel truly grateful. For us to experience gratefulness, two things need to come together. One, it has to be something that is valuable to us, and two, it has to be something that is given to us as a gift. When we realize these two things, gratitude and happiness, spontaneously rise in our hearts.

The more we offer gratitude, for the things we have, the more we end up having. If we focus instead, on what we don’t have, we will never have enough. The key here is to not experience moments in our lives when we are grateful but to live gratefully. How can we do that? By realizing that every moment given to us is a gift and that it is the most valuable thing that can be given to us. By realizing that every moment given to us has a million opportunities linked to it, which in itself is a gift.

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Gratitude means noticing and appreciating the simple pleasures of life. It means counting our blessings and living life as if everything were a miracle. But once in a while, we are faced with something that is difficult. These trying times are a challenge to rise to the opportunity by learning something out of it.

Gratitude shifts our focus from what we lack to the abundance that is already present. It teaches us to not rush through life but to stop and appreciate everyone and everything that are a part of it. A grateful world is a world of joyful people. We all have the opportunity to be joyful by simply taking time out and appreciating the little things that make life beautiful. This is an opportunity given to us to transform the world into a much happier place filled with happier people. So why not take the gift of this moment and make the most of it?

“GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.”

~ Author Unknown

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One thought on “Happiness and Gratitude

  1. When I cannot do anything but agree more,
    When all my neck wishes is to nod,
    When the focus of thought is to understand,
    I believe, that is the work of God.

    I can’t add on anything to your post here. I share this belief in gratitude, though I don’t believe in it to the exclusion of all else. For instance, some people confuse gratitude with complacence.

    Thanks for sharing!

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