We are conditioned to never really be satisfied. More often than not, we achieve, acquire or succeed at something and don’t really even stop to savor or celebrate it before setting our sights on the next thing we want or are supposed to do or achieve. This is how “highly successful” people can still be unhappy and unfulfilled, or how we can do all the “right things” and become disillusioned when it doesn’t bring the satisfaction and wholeness we were told it would.
Like anything else, happiness and fulfillment cannot be experienced in the future, because we can only live in the now. In this way, the practice of gratitude is actually the practice of being happy; it’s being centered in the present moment, looking for and accepting life’s blessings as they are available.
The more you train your brain to be watchful of all that is loving and well, the less it has time to catalogue all that it wants to perceives as scary or lacking. This shift in focus has a ripple effect of fostering an environment of appreciation and support for those around you as well. When you give thanks to yourself and those around you, the energy inspires others to do the same, strengthening the bonds of being seen, safe and loved.
Little can so drastically change your perspective, and therefore your experience of life, than challenging your consciousness to see and honor what’s available and working above all else.