It sounds like a cliché, but it is so true. When you have an overlaying focus on the things you have instead of the things you don't have, gratitude becomes a fulfilling feeling. You are happier and calmer, you notice the good things and negativity melts away. I find I am so busy and caught up in the details of what I have to do in life that I pay so little attention to the things I have or what I have actually accomplished. I am always trying to achieve the next goal or get done what has to be done. I don't pay attention to myself or my surroundings.
When I slow down (on days like today), I have this overwhelming sense of gratitude which gives me an attitude of humble thanks for what is in my world.
I make a note to self, "pay more attention to the goodness I have in my life."
TIP: In your mind, see a box that can hold all the other thoughts and ideas that roam your busy mind. Then spend a few minutes thinking about all your blessings, friends, home, family, health, good food, experiences when you laughed, the luxury of your shower, the smells of your shampoo, the sun, the grass, music, movies you get to enjoy, your education, your work and leisure time... the list could be endless and contain the smallest things. No matter what you have to be grateful for, it is what has brought you to this moment just as much, if not more than any other experience you have had in your life. Smile today and celebrate your life!