Showing gratitude is the single most effective way of changing your life. How else would we be aware of how fabulous our lives are? And even when things aren’t going exactly the way you want it to, you’ll still remember how awesome your life is.
Some of you may already be practicing daily gratitude but if you’re not, I’d like to introduce you to some truths about gratitude by Chris Guillebeau. He outlines the basics of gratitude and the whys behind it.
You can never have enough gratitude, that’s for sure.
“Three Truths to Help You Create a Life of Gratitude”
On a recent trip to Ohrid, Macedonia, I arrived in the middle of the night after a six-hour bus ride through Albania. It was my first time in Macedonia, so I didn’t know my way around very well. I carried my bags through the small town, finally locating my guesthouse after a half-hour trek.
By that point, it was 3:30 a.m. and I hadn’t slept at all. Since my reservation was for the next day, the guesthouse let me store my bags, but I couldn’t check in until much later that morning. Exhausted and disoriented, I stumbled back outside and walked around some more.
That’s when I discovered the most curious thing. Just a few blocks from my guesthouse, a huge street party was underway. About 75 Macedonians were hanging out, dancing and chatting on the street as if it were 9:00 p.m. In the midst of my exhaustion, I smiled… and felt a deep sense of joy. I was still tired, but at the same time, I felt tremendously grateful for the chance to travel so far from my home.