Gratitude in Search of Happiness

Gratitude in Search of Happiness

Cartoon of Lorne Brown saying "Happy Thanksgiving"
Gratitude in Search of Happiness


There was a period of time in my life where even though I had a successful practice that allowed myself, my loving wife, and my two great kids much comfort – I was unhappy. Regardless of how much was going right in my life on the surface, I still felt unresolved and restless underneath. 

Knowing I had to make a change, I began a daily practice of gratitude. It feels silly to have to remind yourself to be thankful, but in our society, we often get lost in the race of keeping up with others that we neglect to appreciate what we have achieved ourselves. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what kind of riches you have in your life, if you cannot regularly feel gratitude then you will not regularly experience happiness.
Where the mind goes, the Qi follows. What you focus on becomes your reality.
Have you ever noticed when you’re in the market for a new car that you begin to notice the car you want on the road everywhere? It is not because there are suddenly more people driving Honda Civics (or whichever car you may have your sights on), but rather because you have put your intention on this car. Doing this prompts your brain’s reticular activating system and you start to notice your car. This focus instantly creates ideas and thought patterns that help you get this car.
Starting to practice gratitude daily can be as simple as writing down 3 original thoughts at the end of your day about things you are grateful for and why. This practice of gratefulness forces you to review the last 24 hour period with positivity and becomes the humble beginnings of rewiring your brain to notice gratefulness. 
In a social media driven world, it is more important now than ever to note that it is not the environment or events in your life that determine your happiness, but how you perceive and experience them. By focusing on gratitude, you will change the filter of how you view your world. And don’t forget that like attracts like - you will start to see opportunities appear in your life as if the invisible hands of the universe have opened doors for you that you did not even know existed.
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