If you’re unhappy with where you are in life, I challenge you to do this one thing tomorrow morning when you wake up.
And it’s simple too.
It doesn’t take much time.
And you don’t have to do much work either.
Here’s what you’ll do.
Grab a notebook or your phone or get on your personal computer.
Whichever you’re most comfortable with.
Write down a list of all the good things you have going on in your life right now.
Things that you’re happy with.
Things that you’re grateful for.
Things that you cherish.
And I mean everything.
No matter how small or trivial they seem.
It could be about yourself.
It could be about the possessions you own.
It could be about the awesome experiences you’ve had in the past.
Even if they sound absurd, ridiculous or just downright embarrassing.
It’s okay, no one’s going to see them anyway!
But no good thing in your life should be gone unnoticed.
“I have a home to live in”.
“I have access to wifi that I can use every day without interruption”.
“I have a cute and furry cat”.
“I have awesome friends”.
“I’m pretty good at singing”.
Anything at all.
Do this for 5 minutes and write down as many as you can think of.
And I’ll admit, some of you are going to really be struggling with this.
But that’s okay.
That’s a bigger sign that you need this more than ever.
Once you’ve written as much as you can think of, take a good read at that awesome list you just came up with.
I call this the gratitude list.
Because you’ve just created a powerful tool for yourself to kickstart your journey to happiness.
Especially if you haven’t already done a gratitude list.
As unhappy people, we’ve been too caught up on what we hate.
What we want to change.
What we want to have.
And what we can’t have.
Unhappiness stems from unfulfilled expectations and desires.
You’re constantly comparing yourself to others.
You’re always pointing out things you wish you had.
You’re always wanting more.
And the sad truth is, happiness doesn’t come when you get all those things either.
Happiness is a choice.
Not a result of circumstances, although those circumstances may influence your happiness to a certain extent.
But you ultimately determine your happiness.
And it starts from your gratitude list.
When you’ve already written yours, continue gradually building it.
Just write 1 new item in it every day.
And you’ll always be looking at your gratitude list.
The more things you’re grateful for, the happier you’re ultimately likely to be.
Because there’s no better way to be happy than to be happy with what you already have.
“It is not happy people who are thankful.
It is thankful people who are happy.”