It’s funny how travelling the world can make you extremely grateful for what you actually have. Experiencing different cultures broadens your outlook on life in general, it also changed the way I viewed life. It is easy to be grateful when all is well. I haven’t always tried to see the positives in everyday situations or people. This is normal and everyone reading this post will be able to relate to this. Focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t have allows you to appreciate life and it’s big and little moments.

When it comes to gratitude I think this quote sums it up best for me. ‘People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily’. Zig Ziglar.

Like any skill worth having, gratitude requires practice, recognising what we’re grateful for acknowledging it and appreciating it. Gratitude puts situations into perspective and makes us happier. For me its been as simple as writing down three things I am grateful for each day, I remove the negatives and I instantly become happier.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

As I said earlier, I am quite a happy person, but it’s like anything, you can always improve. So what have you got to lose? The answer is zero, this is something you should try for the next seven days. Each night as you’re getting into bed write down three amazing things that happened to you that day. Don’t forget to value and be grateful for who you are, self-appreciation is the lesser known cousin of gratitude.

Thanks for listening, cheers Dale

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar