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say goodbye to your pity party

Being grateful makes you happy

but first, have some rest (tips)
say goodbye to your pity party

Being grateful makes you happy

but first, have some rest (tips)
say goodbye to your pity party

Being grateful makes you happy

But first, have some rest (tips)

If you are tired nothing will work

I believe in the power of gratitude, do you? Or do you find it mainly a lot of “hassle”? Even more so, I invite you to read on. Gratitude makes you happier. And the happier you are, the more your environment will enjoy it. But being grateful does not work when you are tired, at least, I can’t (and I’m often quite tired). How do I still manage to be grateful so it makes me happy? 

Every morning I can have breakfast with this view. Which makes me grateful again. Grateful for the beautiful place where we can live. Grateful for what we have been given. 

Sometimes it is so easy (usually actually) to just look at the things that are not going well. It stands out. Actually, we all do. 

Pointing the finger 

We are used to pointing the finger at what is not going well or what could be improved. We are less programmed to look at what is going well. And that’s a pity. As a result, many people experience all kinds of flaws in their lives, and the beautiful things are forgotten. 

Pity party instead of gratitude 

I regularly end up feeling down at a pity party. I feel sad for myself. Usually, that is when the circumstances are not optimal and I am tired, and there is no mental stretch to put things into perspective. Then I celebrate a small and sometimes a large pity party. 

While I’m “celebrating” such a party, I know that I should actually be grateful. But sometimes I just don’t feel it. Then it’s time to get some real rest. How do I do that? 

Tips for rest: 

  • To the beach 
  • To the forest 
  • Read a relaxing book 
  • To take a bath 
  • Do nothinglie on the bed and just do nothing

Recovery is necessary 

And the latter (just lying on the bed) often feels very wrong. I don’t know about you, but I am programmed in such a way that I should always be efficient. That fiddling around is for your vacation. I often go against my programming, just do nothing at all. To give my brain a break. To let them recover from the maximum stretch. And it works. By doing nothing, or for example, by walking (without a telephone or conversation partner), you give the opportunity to let your brain recover; it is recommended by scientists. Is it boring? Yes sometimes, SUPER BORING. But nothing can be done about it. It is necessary for recovery. 

Gratefulwhen you are rested 

What does this have to do with gratitude? I am convinced that you are better able to be grateful when you are rested than when burdens and circumstances weigh heavily on you. 

Jesus invites us to give our burdens to him. When everything is too much. And I do that regularly. Because I can’t do it alone. 

And then when I am peaceful again, I am able to be grateful. For everything, he has given me. And that’s a lot. 

What I am grateful for: 

  • Great place to live 
  • My husband 
  • A healthy (and sweet) child 
  • Family 
  • A full refrigerator 
  • Clothes 
  • Work 
  • My little car 

What are you grateful for? 

And what’s your list? What are you grateful for? I would love it if you leave a comment (you can make up a nickname if you prefer to remain anonymous – no problem!) 

Show your gratitude 

Tip of the day: Are you grateful to someone else? Show your gratitude! A word of gratitude does a lot of good. Or show it through a beautiful gift. 

 Below is another great tip for a Grace-Filles Life.



The power of gratefulness - Susan Mato

In a consumer-driven world where we’re told we need and deserve more, Susan Muto, executive director of the Epiphany Association, reminds us that gratefulness is a gift from God.

In Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life, she reveals that grateful living is not another new fad but has been the way of saints and Christian mystics for centuries.

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4 thoughts on “Being grateful makes you happy”

  1. I am grateful for:
    -my sweet son
    -my own place / house
    -that me and my family are healthy
    -my independence
    – a lot, actually

  2. I am grateful for my dear wife, our children, grandchildren, eat, drink, clothes, our house, God’s Word and the freedom we still have in it for nature’s good friends and family.

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