“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Brother David Steindl-Ras
Everyone hopes to lead a happy life; happiness brings meaning and joy to our existence. However, in this modern age full of so much stress, bigotry, and destruction, happiness is becoming even more elusive. Mayshad women try to practice happiness every day. The key isn’t to think happy but to think gratitude. Here’s how:
1- Write a Daily Gratitude List
Being very aware about what you are grateful for is a great way to keep gratitude present in the front of your mind. Start your day with three things or people you are grateful for. Before bed, write another list of things that happened during the day that make you grateful. Even if the lists are just mental, they are a great way to associate happy experiences with feelings of gratitude.
2- Practice Mindfulness for at least10 minutes a Day
It is essential to be aware of how the events of your day impact your mood. Practicing mindfulness will let you better cope with feelings of stress and depression while making the happy moments that much more gratitude-filled.
3- Observe Life Objectively
It’s easy to feel like the world is against you. Feeling like every bad event that is out of control is a personal attack against you will leave you mired in negative feelings. Try to react to a situation objectively and empathize with other people in the situation to enable feelings of gratitude and thus greater happiness.
4- Replace Complaints with Compliments
This is a really easy way to add happiness to your life! Giving compliments can spin any situation into a positive encounter and will affect your mood for the rest of the day. If you give generously, you are more likely to receive generously!
5- Read Man’s Search for Meaning
This book is imperative if you want to lead a grateful lifestyle. A psychologist imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II, Viktor Frankl’s wise words will help you see that life is a beautiful choice and everyone has power over their mindset.