Finding gratitude, choosing happiness

Monday night thoughts:

I don’t believe that everything happens for a reason. People often claim I’m Voldemort for thinking that. But my reasoning isn’t so evil. It’s actually because I believe in humanity. Because I know people have the ability to make any situation a positive one.

Life is a continuous roller coaster of ups and downs. Even when you are up there are still some parts of your life that could use improvement because life is never ALL ups or ALL downs. But you can always choose to focus on just the good. For example, if you receive a really great job offer, you feel on top of the world. At the same time, maybe you are thousands of dollars in debt that even this new job isn’t going to poof away. The happiness of the job offer outshines the other difficulties in life. The same thing can happen during life’s downs.

While you’re feeling down, there are still parts of your life that are amazing. Even if life’s most tragic moments, one can find gratitude. At a funeral of a loved one, you get to spend time with many other loved ones, recall family memories, and make new ones. If you get an injury and have to quit your job, you’ll have more time to meditate and read those books you’ve been meaning to get to.

I don’t believe perks come along BECAUSE bad things happen, I just believe good and bad things happen. And more importantly that you can make any situation good.

You don’t have to pretend like life is rainbows and sunshine all the time because it’s not. It’s so freaking hard and seems to be harder on some people than others. But it’s also so awesome. That’s such an overused word, awesome. But think about being in true awe of something. Think of life’s moments that took your breath away.

Focus on life’s little gifts. Focus on what makes you happy. When do you feel happiest? Who makes you happiest? Who do YOU bring happiness? How can you make yourself a happier person?

Some days I feel like giving up. My goals are too hard. I can’t do this. I want the easy way out. I don’t want to fight anymore. One recent morning I woke up feeling extremely down. This is very unusual. I’m usually so content in the morning. I remember showering and thinking to myself that it was going to be a long day. A crappy one. I didn’t want to do today. And then I did something that sounds so simple, but was so effective: I CHOSE to be happy. 

I said today is going to be great. I’m going to push out negative thoughts. I’m going to choose happiness. I thought about how grateful I am to even be able to afford my own apartment that has a warm shower.

Being positive isn’t always natural for me. I’ve learned that I have to make it a conscious habit. I have to remind myself. Stop the negative thoughts. Be positive. Make this a great day.

Focus on the good. There is always good in any situation. Not everything happens for a reason (in my opinion), but you can create a positive circumstance out of every situation.

 

Rid your life of negative thoughts.
Negative people.
Negative habits.
Stop making excuses.
Choose happiness.

 

-Emily

P.S.I STRONGLY recommend getting a gratitude journal ! (10/10 5 STARS 2 THUMBS UP YES YES). Or just take a scrap piece of paper or pull up your notes section on your phone. Whenever you’re feeling down, or whenever you have a couple minutes every few days, write down what you’re grateful for. It’s so refreshing and makes you reflect on the positive parts of your life. And after you fill up a whole page with what you love about your life, you’ll realize how amazing your life really is.

 


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