Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty person? A lot of people are half-empty, seeing their world in a negative light. You know the ones… they always think about what’s wrong with their life and what they don’t want, and then wonder why nothing seems to get better for them.
Granted, I’ve been there too. It’s really easy to complain about what’s wrong when things aren’t going your way. And it’s a whole lot easier to do that than it is to count your blessings and be grateful for them even when they’re about the size of a grain of sand.
The thing is, in order for you to get to the good stuff you want in your life, you have to learn to be grateful for what’s good in your life right now. It’s all those little grain-of-sand-sized good things that will eventually add up to a really great life if you let them.
How focusing on the negative affects you
Focusing on the negative impacts both your mood and your outlook on life. Plus, it impacts everyone around you too. It can make you feel sad, mad, scared, hopeless and depressed all at the same time.
You can’t begin to move forward to get out of your rut and achieve your goals if all you’re doing is thinking about how you can’t get out of your rut and how you’ll never achieve your goals.
Focusing on the negative also can affect your health (it causes stress), your self-esteem, and your self-confidence. When you focus on the negative, your self-talk is usually all negative too.
It’s much better, don’t you think, to focus on what’s good in your life instead?
Being grateful for the good in your life
We could probably all take more time to appreciate the things in our lives that are going right. Even at my very lowest point, I still had a roof over my head and food to eat every day. That’s a lot to be grateful for when you think about how many people in the world don’t even have that.
Being grateful for what’s going right in your life can counteract all the negative effects of negative thinking. When you focus on what’s good, you don’t have any room leftover to dwell on what’s not so good.
Being grateful for what’s good in your life also makes it easier to move forward and take action on your goals. Showing your appreciation for the good stuff gives you an energy boost that drives you toward success and sends even more good stuff your way.
It’s not hard to do, either. Even something as simple as writing in a gratitude journal every day, can help move you beyond the negative thoughts and leave you feeling more positive. You’ll notice a difference in yourself, and the people around you will notice it too. You might even be an inspiration for someone else to embrace gratitude over negativity.
So, how about it… what are you grateful for in your life right now? C’mon over to the Facebook group and share.
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