There is proof that if you take an attitude of gratitude, it actually changes your perspective of the world. With this change, dopamine is increased in the brain resulting in you feeling happier.
There has been research involving many cultures throughout the world on how happy people are. One of the most shocking things I read was that people living in the slums of India were often just as happy as the average American. It wasn’t because they had as much. It wasn’t because their future looked any brighter. It was simply because they were grateful everyday for what they had.
This made me start thinking about attitude in general. Many times, the first 15 minutes of our day can shadow the rest of the day. I wake up in a good mood, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and as a result, I have a good day. On the other hand, I wake up late, stub my toe, and I already know I would rather just go back to bed because this day is shot. The beautiful part is I have the power to decide how the rest of my day will go.
I am often thinking about lessons in life and how I can teach them to my son. So, I am starting a new ritual in my home. Each morning, before we get out of bed, we will list off things we are grateful for. We take a minute and just acknowledge the people, events, and things in our life that we appreciate. Starting my day with an attitude of gratitude will only make me more aware of how fortunate I really am. It gives me the power to be happy in my every day life.