Showing gratitude for life in general is not always easy. Whether you have just had a bad day, or you might feel down on your luck, it can sometimes feel hard to find things to be grateful for. But, gratitude can also help us to feel better.
There are many benefits to being more grateful. It can change your outlook on life, for starters. As a result of that, the energy around you can begin to change. People may notice something different about you and may even want to spend more time around you as you give off a positive vibe. Being more grateful also allows you to be open for even more gratitude. It is a great cycle to start, and it can really have a big impact on how you live your day-to-day life.
So, do you need a little push to recognize why you should be more grateful each day? That’s understandable. If you have been feeling low for awhile and you are finding it difficult to think of what you should be grateful for. Let this simple list help to get you started down the path of being more grateful and see how your life and your energy will start to improve.
1. The Day is Yours
You opened your eyes this morning and you got out of bed. That might seem like just another mundane chore of life, and maybe you are dreading the day already. Whether you have a big deadline at work or you are not feeling well, you may not think simply waking up is a big deal. But, really think about it – you woke up. You are alive. You get another chance at another day, and the possibilities are endless. If you can start your day out with that mindset, you can show more gratitude for a lot of different things.
2. You Can Banish Sadness
It is virtually impossible to feel sad and grateful at the same time. Even if you can just relieve that sadness for a second, it is worth it. So, if you are feeling a little down, try to think about something that you are grateful for. It can be something as small as the warm cup of coffee in your hand, or the new shirt you bought yesterday, the roof over your head or your friends or your family. Letting go of that sadness for just a moment can make a big difference.
3. You Are Loved
Sometimes we can feel like we are totally alone. But, when you really think about it, you know that somewhere, someone in this world loves you. It could be a family member or your friend across town. When you feel lonely, think about that person and how grateful you are for their love and care. Giving them a call and letting them know how grateful you are can make their day and can make you feel so much better. Be grateful that you are loved by someone!
4. You Are Connected
Speaking of being loved by someone, it doesn’t matter where that person is. You can be grateful that you are able to connect with them easily. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is easier than ever to stay connected with the people that matter most. In past generations, that wasn’t always the case. You can be grateful for technology and what it allows us to do. That’s right, you can thank the phone in your hand right now for what it does for you on a daily basis.
5. You Will Attract Better Things
If you start out being grateful for the small victories in your life, you will probably start to notice that you will attract larger ones! For example, try being grateful for your job. That isn’t always easy to do, but really think about it. If you have to, make a list of everything you appreciate about the current job that you have. If you are content and appreciative of your current employment, a better job may just come along.
This same rule applies to nearly everything in your life. Be grateful for your car, your home, your clothes, etc. As a result, you will undoubtedly start to see better things coming your way. On the contrary, if you complain all the time about the things you have, that negative energy isn’t going to attract anything or anyone your way.
6. Being Grateful Makes You Feel Good
Perhaps the best reason to be more grateful every day is that it’s good for you. You will almost instantly feel be happier and have more energy. You will also probably feel less stress, which can do things like lower your blood pressure or make you feel less anxious. In turn, that can keep you healthier. To capitalize on that, be thankful for your health! The better you feel, the more grateful you should be. Again, it is a beautiful cycle that can even change how often you have to go to the doctor or how easy it is for you to get through the day without feeling tired.
Start an Attitude of Gratitude Today!
As you can see, being more grateful can really change your life. The best part? You can start immediately. Being grateful is a choice. The more gratitude you have, the easier it is to have more. So, let the snowball effect take place in your life and start being grateful for the things you have each day. Start the habit of writing down three things every morning that you are grateful for. Once you do, you will start to notice changes in how you feel and how positive people will gravitate toward you more than ever before.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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