I have a confession to make, at one point in my life, I was unhappy and very negative, and like most negative people, it was due to me being unhappy with myself and my life. When that happens we often get sucked into this state of constant negativity, and we become an ugly version of ourselves. We start to constantly judge and criticize others, usually about things that are really just a representation of our own insecurities.
When your constantly negative, you become close minded, and frankly, hard to be around. It took me being around someone else who was extremely negative, and seeing how terrible it was to be in their presence, to realize I did not want to be that way myself.
After many life changes, and taking control of my own happiness, I was able to remove the grey cloud from above my head, and become a more positive and grateful person. Now I can say that I love my life. I try to be as positive as I can now, I try to refrain from judging others as I now understand that is actually a reflection of my own insecurities, and I work on my own personal growth and improvement every single day.
A big part of my journey to positivity and happiness was actually to start regularly practicing gratitude. It started as a way to pull myself out of a bad mood. When I was feeling grumpy, or angry, or having a day where self-pity crept in, I made it a point to stop and think about 3 things I have in my life to be thankful for. I like to remind myself that it can always be worse. That little trick has since developed into me taking the time to write down something I am grateful for every day in my planner, even on days where I am not grumpy or stressed.
So, let’s talk a little more about gratitude today. Actually, more specifically, let’s talk about all the amazing ways gratitude can improve your life.