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Gratitude is the Best Attitude

Updated on May 2, 2016

Gratitude for Happiness

It is true to say that people are happy because they are grateful for what they have in life not the other way round. Grateful people have a natural happiness which is there for anyone to achieve with a bit of practice.

No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in if we are stressed or unhappy about it, there is usually an opposite, grateful way of looking at it. That is the path towards happiness and fulfilment.

Some would say that gratitude is the single most important ingredient of having a happy life combined with present moment living.

Stress and Worry

With a bit of practice, we can change our habits of being under stress and worrying to a habit of being grateful. This gratitude habit then becomes a gratitude attitude quite easily because it is self-fulfilling and self-maintaining and much easier to live by.

Gratitude by it's nature keeps us focused on what is going on around us at the present moment which ultimately gives us more enjoyment in life. We can begin by being grateful for good health along with having our basic needs of food and shelter met.

Perhaps it is true to say that grateful,happy people are often those who have limited finances and material things. My very wise grandmother used to say "Thank God for nothing. It is easy carried".

Wanting what you get

It is true to say that happiness comes from wanting what you get not getting what you want. How many people spend their lives striving for more and more success, money, achievements instead of embracing the moment?

Those doing this are missing out on so much and have lost perspective on the important things in life. They don't even take time to enjoy their multitude of achievements because they are so immersed in making plans to get more and more.

This can lead to a lack of fulfillment and a basic dissatisfaction with their achievements which are admirable but it is not necessary to multiply them.

"What is life if full of care. We have no time to stand and stare".

Take time. Stand. Reflect. Do so with an attitude of gratitude to find your life changing for the better

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Conclusion

Perhaps it is a good idea to find the grateful way of looking at the circumstances of our life when we find ourselves indulging in our habits of stress,frustration and worry. Cultivating gratitude as a habit yields great personal rewards. It can be like taking off a pair of blinkers that are blinding our judgment and preventing us from taking the wider perspective in our circumstances.

Why should we torture ourselves with the minutiae of our daily life when the broader perspective allows us to be grateful in our attitude?

We can develop this as a mindset which reaps great dividends for our happiness and peace of mind in our journey of life.

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      Kate McBride 15 months ago from Donegal Ireland

      Thanks for your comment Denise and for taking the time to read and think about this hub, The best thing about habits is that we can change them and substitute them with better ones.

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      Denise W Anderson 15 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      What an interesting dichotomy, that "we find ourselves indulging in our habits of stress,frustration and worry" rather than being grateful! I had never thought of stress, frustration, and worry being "habits" but it makes a lot of sense. We have our automatic default reaction to the events of life, and if we are stuck in that rut, gratitude isn't even an option. Putting gratitude in place will keep us from falling in that rut. Well spoken!