Being thankful: one of the keys to happiness
The has been for some time now at Harvard University a course that has been one of the most popular in the history of this prestigious study house, it is called Happiness. A great part of it is focused on being thankful. I am thrilled to know that this confirms something I firmly believe in and that I have been cultivating for years: being thankful makes us happier.
Thanksgiving day is coming, a special date devoted to gratitude and that unite us all, no matter what culture, race or religion. I want to give you some key points so that you delve more into this particular habit that can change your life.
- If you don’t know how to start, focus on the basic things. I perfectly know that sometimes, when we have serious worries and something lacks in our lives, it is very difficult to be grateful. I have been there too. A very simple trick in these cases is to focus on the essential. Did you have a warm and healthy meal today? Do you have a roof over your head, either your own or rented? Do you know how many people in the world don’t have the privilege of having those? So, you are lucky. That’s where gratitude begins.
- Each morning when you wake up, make a list of three things you are grateful for. Keep it simple, you can make the list in your cell phone and it won´t take you more than three minutes. You are alive (the greatest privilege of all), you are surrounded by people that love you and is there with you, maybe you love your job, maybe you have a hidden talent that moves you and makes you shine; you can even be thankful for a sunny day, for your pet, for some past experience, the possibilities are endless.
- Every time you feel a negative emotion, find something to be thankful for. You may wonder why that is. The reason is very simple. It is almost impossible to be grateful and have a negative feeling at the same time. What I mean is, you cannot be grateful and resentful at the same time, or grateful and angry, grateful and sad. So, gratitude helps clear any negative feeling that is taking you in a certain moment.
Science has already proved the benefits of being thankful. Now I want you to intentionally try it; I want you to thank God today, or the universe, whatever name you give to this superior force, for all the positive aspects that you have in your life. This way you will stop focusing on the negative things and I can guarantee that you will be happier.