Gratitude

We all want things.

Wanting things reminds us of what we don’t have.

Our dream car.

Our dream house.

A boat like the neighbors’.

The problem with wanting things is that it never ends.

Many times I’ve wanted something.  Sometimes I have to wait until payday.  Sometimes I have to save up.

I buy the thing I wanted.  I feel satisfied for a little while.

Then I want something else.

A few weeks ago I started listing things I’m grateful for.  I’m trying to make this a daily habit.

I try not to repeat myself.

It’s easy at first.  I list the basics.

Then it gets harder.

I think about what’s happened to me over the last day.

I think about little things that make my life better.

Sometimes I have to think really hard.

Thinking about the good things helps me feel better about life.

It makes make more grateful.

It makes me happier.

If you need more happiness in your life (and who doesn’t) try counting your blessings.

Music

Does the music you listen to make you feel good?

There’s nothing wrong with listening to sad music when you feel sad.  It can help you feel better.

Do you listen to sad songs all the time.  Do you feel sad most of the time?  Trying changing it up.

Say you listen to a lot of angry music.  There’s a good chance you feel angry most of the time.  You might want to try something new.

If what you listen to encourages negative behavior, it might be a good idea not to listen to it.

There’s nothing wrong with having negative emotions.  We all have them.  But if you feel that way all the time there’s a problem.

Try listening to things that make you feel happy.  Songs about fun times.  Happy times.  Love songs.  Even something spiritual.

I have a feel-good playlist on YouTube.  Feel free to listen to it.  Or you can make your own.

Try listening to happier music.

It will help you feel happier.