Do you ever get stuck in a funk and you don’t even know how you got there or why you’re not finding happiness?
Maybe nothing is bad in your life, yet finding happiness feels so bleak when everything feels anticlimactic and redundant. The way we act and feel can usually be an indicator of something deeper that is occurring in our emotional and spiritual life. Maybe you’re not eating right, maybe you’re not enjoying your friends. In this time we rush around trying to “fix everything”, maybe we let ourselves spiral down or abuse food to find a temporary quick fix.
Instead I challenge you to remember that this can be turned around as quickly as you can snap your fingers. It’s a decision and it starts with a shift. Finding happiness can be as simple as harnessing the power of gratitude in these times. What a vast and abundant universe God has given us. There is so much that we have to be grateful for. Remembering this allows you to connect to things that make you feel happy and FILLED!
If you can’t think of things that make you feel grateful right off the top of your head start thinking about the things that are simple. Consider oxygen, the air you breathe. With your eyes closed and no distraction feel the air move in and out of your lungs, hear the sound of your breath. Take a moment to bask in the fact that you’re able to breathe with no effort on your part. The ability to breathe was given to you at birth, outside of anything you had to do to “earn it”. God just thought enough of you to give you this ability because he loves you, regardless of anything you did. It was a gift that cost you nothing.
Begin to transform your thoughts with a gratitude list, write them down if it helps! Focus on those tiny things, let them grow into big things. Go outside, pick up a rock and just be grateful for its smooth edges and the fact that you have a masterful creator! Then let that gratitude grow by saying THANK YOU out loud! Say it 20 times if you have to in order to truly feel what you are verbalizing. Let these feelings grow by appreciating things around you the ivy that is growing up the fence in your back yard, your child breathing, your pet coming over to give you a wet kiss. Go deeper, do you remember that moment that you held your child in your arms the very first time or do you remember falling in love? Can you remember a promotion at work or an award you got that made you feel like you were doing a great job at something. Do you remember the release of serotonin during your last workout? Think of how good you felt during these times and let that feeling grow!
Let this moment of gratitude empower you to feel GREAT and connect to God in a time that you may otherwise have felt out of alignment. Finding happiness is on the other side of gratitude.