Gratitude Makes Me Happy

Today’s BrightSpot!

Feeling like things in your life just aren’t good enough?

You may not be aware of it but complaining versus feeling appreciative indicates that you have your attention focused on lack rather than abundance. I’d like to suggest that nothing changes for the better by focusing on what’s not working. In fact the opposite is true. I’ve learned that gratitude makes me happy. So if you catch yourself in a negative thought pattern make a choice to adjust your thinking to the brighter point of view.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”  ― Oprah Winfrey

After visiting third world countries a few times, sixteen year old Kristy feels grateful for all the simple things in her life. She recalls people of very little means going about their daily lives with more of a sense of joy than many of us who by comparison have tremendous abundance. It’s hard to imagine that children without toys and computers can find a sense of joy simply by playing in the dirt. Watch her story for a deeper understanding of what is reality for millions.

Here’s some statistics that present a shocking perspective of how much I know I have to be grateful for. READ ON TO BECOME AWARE:

1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that’s less than $1.25 a day.

2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

3. 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat.

4. More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children. Because unclean water yields illness, roughly 443 million school days are missed every year.

5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.

6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.

7. As of 2011, 19 million children worldwide are not vaccinated.

8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people

9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.

10. In 1998, the UN estimated that it would take $40 billion annually to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country. That would be about $58 billion today.

11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

Here’s what I know to be true. Life shifts to feeling happier when I appreciate what I have first. I’ve seen my personal outside circumstances change whenever I find a way to shift my inside perspective to one of appreciation and gratitude.

So if you are disheartened by something today, think about the facts of life for so many others. Find gratitude for whatever funds and resources you have, embrace those extra pounds around your tummy because you are lucky to have an abundance to eat. Never forget to cherish the loved ones in your life you are blessed to share it all with.

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