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 differently than if your life had been without them.

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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 visible as the success people want you to see.

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 will always be unfairness in life and so it’s better to step back and see that opportunities we get in life aren’t always so bad, even if others seem way better.

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. 

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 practice to make gratitude a habit, because our mind are usually  powerful problem detectors.

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Setting aside time daily for practising gratitude, for the littlest of things life has bestowed us with, can have a profound effect on our minds and our lives. Things to be grateful for:

  • Being alive and able to breathe.
  • Being healthy.
  • Having a circle of family and friends.
  • Ability to read, listen to music, see, and enjoy the world.
  • The good food that one can eat.

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  • 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.
  • When you focus on who helped you and what opportunities arose, you will be more confident that you are well taken care of and capable of succeeding with all the help that surrounds you.

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