The one thing you can do to bring happiness into your life is this… Day 2 of 30 days of Happiness

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Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL

Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL, Nov 2008. © Wanda Quinn

Be grateful.

That’s it. Being grateful and giving thanks for all that you have, all that you are and all that is to come.

Want to start your day off with in a positive direction? Start it off with a gratitude list. Now I know for some of you this is more like a chore and I have to admit there have been days when I felt like I was faking my gratitude list by listing things for the sake of listing them with no emotion attached. Trust me, it makes a difference if you can feel the emotions and feel the gratitude in your heart.

Do whatever resonates with you that puts you in the heart space of gratitude and then do it every day.

One dark, cold and snowy night I was driving home from work. I had put in a thirteen-hour day and was feeling tired, hungry and somewhat miserable. As I drove home in the cumulating snow, feeling sorry for myself because I had to work two jobs and was going home to an empty house (note: these were my days of dark – yes, I used to be a negative, down in the dumps, person) I had the thought of a homeless man sleeping outside with nothing but a cardboard box between him and the ground. Suddenly my house was looking pretty good. It was easy for me to list all the things in my house that I was grateful for such as having a warm roof over my head, a comfortable bed to sleep in with warm blankets and a soft pillow. To this day I thank God for my comfortable mattress, pillow and warm blankets because I know there are people out there that don’t have these basic comforts that many of us often take for granted.

So make a list of the things, people, places etc that you are grateful for having in your life. If making a list isn’t your thing then think about all the things that are going right in your life. Think about the people that have crossed your path and brought enlightenment to you. Do whatever resonates with you that puts you in the heart space of gratitude and then do it every day.

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