The relationship between happiness and thankfulness
There is a direct relationship between our happiness and how grateful we are for everything we have and are in life. In my first post of this year (see here) I spoke of my 2018 resolutions, of which the first was to be daily more grateful for everything. Despite being a very grateful person by nature, when I come across unpleasant situations, I often end up getting bored and in the process forgetting the positive things that happen right before that.
By 2018 I decided that not only would I not let that happen, but I also decided that despite the annoyances I would try to be grateful for the lessons I take from the negative things that happen to me. Since speaking is easier than doing, not long after I fell back into my old routine of grumbles. But as life itself is a great teacher, before the first trimester ended, life reminded me of the decision I had made.
At the beginning of February, on a day like any other, I took my son to school before going to work. Half an hour later the school called me saying that he wasn’t feeling well. And before I even realized, I was with my son in intensive care. I prayed like never before.
Thank God twelve hours later he was out of the danger and four days later running at home as if nothing had happened. My happiness was enormous and that was due to the fact that I was grateful that my son got well. I began to think about the times when I deprived myself of this happiness simply because I was not aware of the blessing of being alive and healthy.
I’ve read somewhere where it was said: “If your concern does not include life and health, you are a privileged person and you should be grateful.” I could not agree more. When my son was sick, everything became irrelevant, the only thing that mattered to me was his well-being.
We always hear that happiness is in small things. What we do not know is that the things we consider small are actually the big ones.
From breathing to the banal play of our children, it is blessings and privileges that we should not trivialize. In every choice and experience of life, there is an emotion to which we must be consciously grateful. From that choice or experience always comes out either a blessing or a lesson. Be thankful and be happy.
I hope you enjoyed the post. And do not forget to dream and always fight for the fulfillment of your dreams.