100 Reasons to be Grateful Today

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By Daniel Dowling | Tiny Buddha

“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

I began my gratitude practice at a time when I desperately needed help seeing the good in my life.

Several failed relationships and a broken heart had left me blind to the incredible gifts the Universe had given me, and I was rutted in depression for three years. I couldn’t seem to focus on anything besides what I had lost. Happiness seemed like a cosmic joke.

The more I focused on what I wasn’t grateful for, like the love I had lost, the less I focused on doing the things I loved.

Depression is common, and it happens to many of us at some point. But the longer I chose to wallow in it, the more impossible happiness seemed. After my third year of depression I seriously considered whether life was even worth living.

Then I came across Zig Ziglar’s empowering audiobook A View From the Top.

I learned from Zig how giving to others can help us foster a deep sense of happiness, and how gratitude is the missing ingredient to most people’s success.

Immediately, I began a gratitude practice, focusing on the important people in my life and the many gifts I had to share with others.

It was a tough transition because there was so much negative momentum to reverse. Habits are like roads—the more you travel them, the easier they are to follow. But I stayed disciplined with my new habit and chose grateful thoughts even when I felt hopeless.

Within two years my gratitude practice turned into a lifestyle, and today I’m enjoying the fruits.

I make a living doing what I love as a writer, and I make a difference in the lives of thousands of people through my work—all because I shifted my focus from what I lacked to what I had.

The amazing thing is that no matter how much or little I think I have, I always have more! And gratitude helps me see it.

If you’ve felt gypped by the Universe, here are 100 reasons to be grateful today.

1. The breath in your lungs

2. Your hard-working heart

3. The food that fuels your experience

4. The ever-present opportunity to make better decisions than your last

5. Your brain and memory that allow you to learn from mistakes

6. The freedom to make unlimited mistakes on your road to self-improvement

7. The endless supply of wisdom people and books provide

8. The natural talents you were born to share

9. The challenges that allow you to grow

10. The accomplishments that have improved your life


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