Here’s the thing: being grateful has the strength to block out negative emotions. You can’t completely pay attention to what’s not going well or what’s missing f you just let your mind pay attention to what is.
As I started to focus on the peacefulness of the night with my husband, my attitude changed, the cold went away, and I was filled with gratitude and joy this amazing experience.
Possessions come and go, weather changes, and experiences, whether bad or good, come to an end. But our attitude of gratitude lets us be fully present in each moment and take pleasure in each one.
Here are some simple things to try to start feeling a little more blissful on a regular basis:
Practice present moment awareness
The habit of being present and not desiring for something in the future or the past, just being grateful for what is, can truly alter your perspective. Stop yourself when that moment escapes you and remind yourself to come back.
Think bigger than yourself
Become involved in a cause that is significant to you. As you become aware of other individuals who are less fortunate than you, you will begin to feel a real appreciation for what you do have.
Share the love with your friends and family
Foster appreciation for others and tell them often how grateful you are for them and for what they do for you, regardless if it is helping around the house or always inviting you out for a nice meal. Focusing on the positive will make folks want to keep doing it.
Replace complaints with gratitude
When you find yourself focusing on what you feel you’re lacking, such as I wish my house was larger, my car was nicer, I had more money, replace it with thoughts of what you are thankful for.