As humans, we seem to always want more. More money, more free time, more things. But as we strive to get all these things, we tend to forget to be thankful for what we have and start complaining about how little we have.

This happens to me and I know it happens to you too.

So over the past few years, I have been working hard to remind myself of how fortunate I am to have all the things that I do have… things that so many people around the world don’t have the privilege of attaining. This is something you should do as well because not only will it help you be more grateful, but it will also help lower your stress and worry.

How? Well, if you are appreciative of the things you have, whether it be your job or your reliable car, or your loving family, you are less likely to focus on what you don’t have. You’ll also realize that you probably don’t need the things that you are wanting; the things that are causing you stress because you don’t have them.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be setting up new goals all the time and trying to meet them. You should. But what I’m saying is that during the process of reaching your goals, whether it be to make more money or to buy a bigger house, you should be grateful for the things you have.

Before you leave, here is a great quote from Thich Nhat Hanh on being grateful:

“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”

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