Day 10—Find What You’re Thankful For

Finding Peace

Today is the final day of the 10 day gratitude challenge, and I want to do something a bit different. I want you to find what you’re thankful by digging deeper to discover what makes you feel gratitude in your daily life.

Life is a gift, but if you don’t recognize it as one and take it for granted, you could end up on your deathbed feeling like you never lived at all.

Bronnie Ware worked as a palliative care nurse taking care of people who were experiencing their last moments of death. After working in this sector for just a few months, she started to notice a pattern. Every person she took care of had regrets. She summarized the top five most universal regrets of the dying into a blog article that later became a best-selling book. They include:

  1. I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish I had let myself be happier.

The last regret hits me hard. It shows that being happy is a choice. What you focus on determines what you feel. When you feel grateful and thankful for your life, a sense of deep inner peace and happiness settles into your body.

If you decide to live a life full of gratitude you can experience a different reality. Don’t stop with the 10-day gratitude challenge. Instead, make an effort to maintain a practice of gratitude. You can do this by keeping up with your gratitude journal.

Accept that your life is a beautiful gift, and start viewing it that way. You won’t live forever, and while that might sound depressing, it should make you full of vigor to live every moment completely. Appreciate your life today so you don’t have to regret it tomorrow.

I truly hope this short gratitude challenge inspired you to make a change in your daily schedule and your life. Please, share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Let’s start a revolution of gratitude and love, without sacrificing who we are and our values.

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