Why Showing Gratitude is One of the Best Ways to Find Joy
10 Aug 2015
A few months ago, I was reminded of the importance of teaching our children to practice gratitude regularly—and to do the same ourselves.
Every morning on the way to school, my daughter and I say our prayers in the car. She has to say three things she is thankful for. That day, the three things were all toys. When I explained to her that she had to come up with things that you couldn’t buy with money, she said it was hard to think of any. And then I had to explain to her the concept of taking things like good health, life, family and joy, for-granted because they may not always be there.
Her question to me was, “Well, isn’t it fair to always expect those things to be there if you’re teaching me to think positively?” Maybe I’ve taught her too well…
However, in life, we have to know the difference between thinking positively and taking those things we’re thinking positively about, for-granted. We also have to remember to show gratitude even—and probably, especially—when things are going haywire in our lives. Because there’s always someone in this world who has it worse than you do. Always.
I am ever-grateful for waking up this morning because there are many people who went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up. I have another day, another opportunity, to live out my purpose. That brings me joy. As this great quote from Brené Brown states:
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”
What are you grateful for?