Many of us live our lives as chronic complainers. All we do is complain about the lives we have, the people we’re in relationships with, the things we suffer through and the problems we have. I believe that this is one of the biggest causes of depression, divorce and unhappiness in our lives; that because we’ve chosen to see the negatives and the problems in our lives we’re missing out on all the good stuff. But before we talk about the good stuff I have to acknowledge that life isn’t easy, it’s not a walk in the park. No matter how you see life there will still be bad stuff. But I believe that in seeing life differently we’ll be more equipped to deal with the challenges and the bad stuff.
So instead I want you to talk about what you’re thankful for. Instead of greeting your partner with a moan and list of complaints greet them with a smile and let them know you’re glad they’re home. Instead of spending the night on Facebook complaining to your friends or spreading rumors, spend the time talking with your kids and hanging out with them. Instead of spending lots of money on habits that will kill you faster make monthly donations to organizations doing good in the world.
But it all starts with you. What are you thankful for in your life? What do you like about yourself? What makes you happy? What is the best part of your day each day? What makes you feel most fulfilled? What matters most to you? If you can’t provide any answers to those questions, let alone make a list of things you’re thankful for you’ve got a lot of work to do to see life as more than problem after problem. Start with finding one thing each day to be thankful for and grow from there. Soon enough you’ll see that life is more than the problems, life is full of potential and possibility.
“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.” Reba McEntire