Gratitude and Happiness: How They Are Interwoven

It’s through a deep appreciation of both fortune and misfortune that allows us to be happy no matter the outcome.

Many times, we get so involved and consumed with our goals, ambitions, and dreams, that it’s hard to remember why they existed in the first place.

Whether your dream is to have the corner office at work, retire early, or spend more precious time with your children, right now in this instant, we have everything needed for a happy life. If this sounds trite, it’s because that although things are happening all the time around us, it’s just that, situations happening around us not in us.

So, if our dreams and aspirations fill us with gratitude, it’s perfectly natural to be appreciative of what we have. But even if we don’t feel truly thankful, it’s still important to celebrate successes and failures.

Because it’s through a deep appreciation of both fortune and misfortune that allows us to be happy no matter the outcome.

Gratitude begets happiness, and conversely, happiness creates more gratitude. It’s true that gratitude may appear to be a simple emotion, but upon further inspection, it’s clear that it inspires personal development, growth, connection, and compassion in and around each of us.

A Time For Gratitude

Be grateful for your health, you have more than you know.

Be grateful for your achievements and failures too; for both are necessary for growth and fulfillment.

Be grateful for whatever comes your way and your sorrows may become your greatest teachers, and your joy effortless. © AME 2019

A freelance writer with a background in animal behavior, journalism, mysticism, philosophy, & psychology. https://aurorae.substack Writing website coming soon!

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