Purpose was the first ingredient of our not-so-secret happiness formula. Gratitude is equally important if you want to be happy. Because being thankful puts you in a happy mood, which in turn will attract even more happiness into your life.
You’ll also read how to be grateful even if you feel you haven’t much to be grateful for.
Gratitude creates happiness
Being grateful must be one of the easiest and fastest ways to be happy. As soon as you mentally start compiling a list of things that you feel thankful for, your mood will improve. A smile will appear on your face. And you’ll experience that warm glow of happy contentment inside.
It’s so simple it almost looks like magic. But there’s nothing magical about it really. It’s merely a matter of choice and focus. Do you choose to focus on what you think you lack in life? Or do you turn your attention to the many blessings you already have?
Our mind works in a funny way. As soon as we zoom in on something, we seem to become blind to all the rest. Focus for too long on the lack and the ‘bad’ things in your life and pretty soon that’s all you’ll see.
Gratitude attracts happiness
When you put yourself in a happy mood by being grateful, you’ll magnetise yourself for even more happiness. Good things will happen to you, giving you more reasons to be thankful, which will increase your happiness.
Again this may seem magical. And yet again, it isn’t. By going through life with a happy and grateful state of mind, you will spot opportunities and solutions where others see only obstacles and problems.
So is it really only a matter of human psychology, and gaining control of the direction your thoughts tend to choose? No, there is also an important spiritual and cosmic side to this story. But we’ll delve into that one another time. (Do remind me if I don’t)
How to be grateful
There will be days when you feel you haven’t got much to be grateful for. The trick then is to focus on little things. Seemingly insignificant things. Like that nice cup of coffee you had in the morning.
Zoom in on that one single event and magnify all of its components, savouring every part of it.
When you practice this gratitude routine regularly – try it several times a day, on the small stuff – something wonderful will begin to happen. Your mind will be actively looking for things and events to be grateful for. And that’s the added bonus of gratitude: you become more conscious as you go through life.
So being grateful will not only make you happier, it also makes it easier for you to live in the moment. And that will be our third secret ingredient…