No matter how many problems you have in your life, if you stop to think about it, you’ll quickly realize that you’ve got a lot to be thankful for.

One of the most intriguing differences between life in the United States and life in many other parts of the world is the fact that when one thing goes wrong in the life of someone here, it can ruin that person’s whole day. Contrast that with the fact that when one thing goes right or comes easy in other parts of the world, it can totally make that person’s day.

Think about that difference in mindset for just a moment. Here, it’s so easy to have a fundamentally negative outlook on things. After all, if the day doesn’t go perfectly and exactly as you planned it, it’s likely to sour your outlook.

Don’t let it!

That’s easier said than done, of course, but with practice, you can change your thinking, and the simple act of showing gratitude for the good things in your life will have a profound impact on your frame of mind.

Start by looking at your circle of friends. There are undoubtedly many of them who really go out of their way to do things for you, but when’s the last time you walked up to them and said a heartfelt thank you?

If you’re like most people, then it’s probably been far longer than you’re comfortable admitting. That’s okay, because it’s never too late! Go visit your friends who have gone out of their way for you and tell them how much you appreciate them and how grateful you are that they’re in your life.

Do that, and you’ll be amazed at how happy it makes both you and them!
Then, take it a step further. Start keeping a journal of all the good things in your life…all the things you have to be thankful for. Again, if you’re like most people, the length of your list will likely surprise you.

Finally, take the time to give back. Nothing shows your gratitude to the world like giving something back, so consider volunteering at least some of your free time. You’ll be helping a worthy cause and making others feel great, and in doing so, making yourself happy too.

Science has shown that people who show gratitude tend to be happier than those who don’t, and who wants to go through life unhappily? Thankfully, this is something that’s really easy to change. Start today!

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