(Health Secrets) Being grateful during challenging times ? It’s not always easy to find the goodness in life, especially when money is tight and you’re faced with worries about your job or family. These worries can often cloud your whole mind, bring your mood down, and affect your overall quality of life. But if you feel like you’re being followed by the ominous black cloud of bad luck, then it’s time to find something to be grateful for in your life, and to learn how to practice being grateful during challenging times.
If you’re plagued by negative thoughts, find a quiet place, grab a pen and paper and make a list of answers to this question: What do I have to be grateful for in my life? Start your list with the most obvious things, your health and family. Do you have a car? A home? Clothes on your back? Food on the table? You don’t have to have the fanciest or the most expensive items for you to be grateful. Even if you buy your clothes at Goodwill, at least you’re clothed and warm. A used car in good condition will get you to work just as easily as a brand new car. Don’t forget to give thanks for the small things in life, such as being healthy or getting a restful night sleep.
Work on your aptitude for being grateful during challenging times by sitting quietly in a room and meditating on your life and aspects of it you want to improve. Appreciating what you already have in life will free you to make the changes you desire. There’s no denying that you will suffer setbacks in life. Setbacks are a fact of life! While it may be difficult to be grateful during these times, it’s important to remember that good can come from difficult situations. For example, if you’ve recently lost your job, be grateful for the skills you have. With the skills, experience, and knowledge you possess, you may end up finding a more fulfilling job that gives you more money or more responsibility while being closer to home. As strange as it may sound in the moment of despair, try to be grateful during difficult times, because as one door closes, another opens the way to new opportunities. After all, you can’t find bright new possibilities in your life if you don’t experience a setback at one point or another. Contrast helps us enjoy and appreciate life.
Setbacks are there to challenge you to be better, stronger, faster, and wiser. The true test of your attitude is to be thankful for the obstacle ahead of you (even if you don’t understand why it exists in the first place), then push forward, stronger than ever. Be thankful for life’s setbacks! Why should you be thankful? Because with each challenge you overcome, you gain the wisdom and courage to succeed the next time around. And if it weren’t for each and every challenge in your life, you’d never learn and grow!
Being grateful everyday will help you lift that overbearing black cloud that can be so stifling. You’ll begin realize that life is good and you can make it through anything. After all, good things come to those who believe and have faith.
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