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 live in great conditions, that your friends have better jobs and relationships there were many points in time when things could have been much, much worse.
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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.
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.
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.
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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