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4 Actionable Steps To Feel Happy, Content and Grateful | Scott H Young
Question: Each one of us would like to be thankful and feel gratitude for all the things that we have today. But why is it so common to only notice everything wrong/missing in our lives? What are some ways to practice gratitude and feel content with what we have?

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About gratitude

Gratitude isn’t just a practice of saying thank you, but also the process of focusing your attention away from problems and danger and onto things which are good.

It takes a lot of pra...

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Adjust your reference point

Since gratitude is a relative experience, it’s often useful to recognize how many things aren’t problems in your life, but you just never notice them.

Even if you feel like you don’t l...

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Avoid comparisons

The next time you think the average person is better off than you, ask yourself whether you might not simply be ignoring the problems and pains of others, simply because they aren’t as visi...

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Interpreting fairness

If we feel like someone else is getting a better deal than us, we’re likely to throw it back in their face.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t fight against unfairness, but  there wi...

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Shifting perspectives

Being grateful for your problems cand be a tough perspective to adopt (especially if your problems are extreme or tragic); however, the problems themselves allow you an opportunity to live diffe...

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”

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What gratitude changes

Gratitude is intended to change three things: your past, your present, your future. 

If you’re not transforming your past, present, and future, then you aren’t fully experiencing the benefits of gratitude.

Live in the gain

Stop focusing on what's missing from your life. And rather than measuring yourself against your ideals, measure yourself against where you were before.

When you live in the gain, all you see is progress. What you focus on expands.

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Gratitude shifts your mindset

  • When you’re stuck in a problem mentality you miss out on all the opportunities for solutions that are knocking on your door every day, simply because you don’t even hear them or see them...

Gratitude creates solutions

Adopting a gratitude practice takes you out of the problem and toward a solution. 

It removes you from complaining mode and into a best-outcomes mindset. 

Gratitude is contagious

Watch your words. What you say is usually how you act, so be aware of complaining and replace whines with positive words. Start with you, be the change and watch as the world changes around you and your gratitude practice.