► 3. Be grateful for the little things.
When people and things don’t go the way you’d like them to go, you’ll be tempted to complain. Instead, I challenge you to be grateful for the little things in those situations. And the really cool thing is that you can always, always, always find little things to be grateful for in each and every situation.
This is the way one of my followers put it.
I am thankful:
For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV,
Because that means he is at home and not on the streets;
For the taxes that I pay,
Because it means that I am employed;
For the mess to clean after a party,
Because it means that I have been surrounded by friends;
For the clothes that fit a little too snug,
Because it means I have enough to eat;
For my shadow that watches me work,
Because it means I am out in the sunshine;
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing,
Because it means I have a home;
For all the complaining I hear about the government,
Because it means that we have freedom of speech;
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot,
Because it means I have been blessed with transportation;
For my huge heating bill,
Because it means I am warm;
For the lady behind me in church that sings off key,
Because it means that I can hear;
For the pile of laundry and ironing,
Because it means I have clothes to wear;
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day,
Because it means I have been capable of working hard;
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours,
Because it means that I am alive;
And finally … for too much e-mail,
Because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.
I challenge you to look at some situations in your life, work, and relationships that might be frustrating in one way or another. And then look for the little things in those situations for which you can be grateful.
When you express more gratitude, you will be applying the #1 anti-depressant, pro-active motivator in the world.