Hi everyone. I’ve been reading lots of inspirational books lately and one thing that keeps cropping up, is cultivating a sense of gratitude in your life. Do you have gratitude in your life?
Chances are we do a lot of complaining and moaning about the things we don’t have. “I don’t have a car, a house, a boyfriend, a holiday, a six-figure salary, a shoe collection like Carrie Bradshaw!” Living like this; seeing gaping holes in our lives only leads to sadness, a sense of entitlement, jealousy and ultimately depression.
Psychologists say that people who cultivate gratitude feel better about their lives as a whole, and are more optimistic about the future. Being grateful is also a trait shared by successful people.
I know that modern life is hard – bills, the recession, stress, sickness, emotional problems, job worries, loneliness, etc. Sometimes we can have days that feel like we will crack under the strain. We look at other peoples’ lives and can’t help but feel envious about their seemingly perfect lives.
But there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. If you’re reading this, you’re ALIVE (no. 1), you have access to the internet (chances are you are living in the relatively opulent Western world – no. 2), you probably have leisure time (no. 3), you can read (no. 4), you can read English (a notoriously difficult language to learn – no. 5), you have excellent design taste if you’re reading Dreaming on a Star’s blog 😉 (no. 6)!
Anyway you get the point – if you have a roof over your head, food in your stomach, freedom to be who you are, to love who you want, to travel where you want – then just by a casual observation of the world’s people, you are luckier than millions.
Don’t be looking at other’s ‘perfect’ lives – as a wise man once said – Never judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. Everyone has problems – some are just better at hiding them than others.
I really wanted to keep some kind of a journal to help me do this, so I’ve made some journal cards.
The cards can be used everyday as a diary (there’s Monday to Sunday cards) or whenever you feel like being thankful!
You can buy these in my Etsy shop.
So let’s cultivate a sense of gratitude – who wants to be happy today? ♡