“If the only prayer you ever say in your
entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
- Meister Eckhardt
We live in a fast-paced, microwave, drive-thru, Buy-It-Now
It’s a society that has forgotten to be truly grateful for the
things around it. We only tend to be grateful for things when
we no longer have them.
Think of the sense of relief you gain when you just get over an
illness, and are so thankful that your turbulent tummy has
now settled. Consider how appreciative you are when those
tests come back clear. Or when the speeding camera doesn’t
flash. Or when you finally find your lost child in the
These are the moments in life when we realise how blessed
we truly are.
Yet how many of us truly appreciate that on a day-to-day
My guess is very few of us. We only become grateful of things
when we think we don’t have them.
But here’s the thing: by counting our blessings every day, in a
very literal way, we become happier people. Research across
the globe in countless studies has proven this over and over
So, when was the last time YOU were truly grateful?
Think of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for
right now. It could be your family. Or your health. Maybe
your home. Your friends. Your brain. Your heart. Your
spirit. Even your DVD collection.
We’ve all got amazing things in our own lives that make us
smile with joy. Things that bring a secret, loving tear to our
And if we can only learn to count these blessings every day,
we’ll discover a true happiness and greater appreciation of
the beautiful world we surround ourselves with.
So, if you can, make that part of your daily ritual. Count your
blessings, briefly in the morning, and briefly at night. Then
smile at the world for sending such great things your way.
THE 18 RULES of HAPPINESS, KARL MOORE