Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~ G. K. Chesterton
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I came across this article several months ago and copied the link into a draft post. Then, I forgot about it. My Posts page is full of odds and ends like this: unusual, or insightful, or beautiful, or funny things that I’ve run across, hit the “PRESS THIS” button, and then promptly forgotten about.
The link below, though, should not be forgotten. I don’t know that thinking positively always will turn your life around, but I think it holds lots of potential for putting things in perspective and helping one “get a grip” on life. Let’s face it: life can be tough. For some, it is tougher — unimaginably tougher — than for others. Some people, even when surrounded by an abundance of good fortune, whine, complain, and bemoan their state of being. Other people, faced with adversities that can seem insurmountable to some, are occasionally able to appear as if they don’t have a care in the world. I don’t know that thinking positively alone can help one cultivate either good-fortune or a positive attitude.
But, for one who knows that they are fortunate yet is feeling overwhelmed, or burdened, or focusing too much on the negative or what they don’t have, I can see how cultivating an attitude of gratefulness can influence one’s perspective, lighten one’s burdensome anxieties, make one more grateful for what they do have.
I think this list of 10 suggestions is a good one. You may not chose to implement all of these suggestions — at least not at once — but they are words to remind oneself of on a regular basis.
As the Chinese proverb puts it:
If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day—go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help someone else.
– from Happiness by Joan Chittister (Eerdmans)
Sometimes the universe sends messages — repeatedly — just in case I didn’t hear it the first time.
First message: when looking for a document from some time ago, I came upon this quote that I had not read in a few years, attributed to Henri Frederic Amiel:
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love; make haste to be kind.
This is one of those messages that can seem merely a seasonal sentiment during this time of year. But, shouldn’t we think of this throughout the year? Be swift to love. Make haste to be kind. Gladden hearts. I think that is beautiful.
Second message: This morning I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page:
I encourage you to watch it before reading further. It should make you smile. Swiftly, with haste: love and kindness.
Every.Single.Day. That can’t be too hard, can it?
I’m grateful for my friends, my family, my health, my life. May you have a great day and find much to be grateful for today and every day!