I’ve got news for you – if you think you’ll be super grateful when you are happy, you may be waiting a long time!
We’re notorious for thinking a visit from a special person, gifts under the tree, good skiing weather, lots of fabulous food, and fun parties at this time of the year will make us as happy as ole St. Nick. And once we’re happy, of course we’ll be grateful for all our blessings.
Don’t get me wrong. All these things will make us happy and we will be grateful. But how long will this feeling of well-being and gratitude last? I give it eight days max – because on January 2 when everything shifts back to normal; back to the reality of returning to work with a few extra pounds on you, the euphoric gratitude you will have experienced over the holidays will suddenly disappear, and in its place will be the same old, same old feelings even new ones of disappointment and resignation.
This cycle of momentary happiness and then the inevitable emotional crash can be avoided by changing your mindset from “I’ll be thankful” to “I am thankful” whether there’s a festive season to be enjoyed or not. Deliberately taking the step to give thanks for the positive things in your life – your life itself for that matter – creates a “happy foundation” within you over time so that you can handle whatever happens on the outside with a sense of peace and resilience.
I so wish you much peace and joy at this special time of year. Remember happiness is found within – within a grateful heart above all else.
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