The Top 9 Habits of Grateful People…Even in Tough Times

Gratitude has long been established as one of the keys to living a happy life. Those who focus on the positives and find peace within the present moment tend to find a greater level of fulfillment on their life’s journey. Living in gratitude is not always easy however, so what do grateful people believe that sets them apart from the rest of us?

Here are nine core beliefs of those who live a life of gratitude that can open up your mind to a new perspective.

1. Everyone has a purpose

Grateful people tend to reject the idea that everything in life is a series of coincidences. Instead, they embrace the lessons that each person and experience they encounter brings into their life. Most importantly, they then use these lessons as opportunities for growth.

2. Every challenge is an opportunity

People that see the silver lining in the most difficult situations tend to be ones that focus on the spirit of gratitude. By being grateful for the chance to learn from their mistakes, these people find that doors to new opportunities are more likely to open.

3. Money isn’t everything

Money may not be the root of all evil, but it definitely can lead to negative emotions and discontentment. Grateful people believe that the path to true happiness comes from within, not from accumulating material possessions.

4. Change is inevitable

Grateful people accept the fact that eventually, everything will change. Instead of dwelling in fear or worry over the inevitable, they give thanks for the present moment and the joy that can be found in daily life.

5. Connection is important

A strong connection to friends and family is a vital part of a grateful person’s life. To them, nothing is more important than being thankful for the simple joy of being around those they love, and they take every opportunity to share their life with others.

6. Small things have great value

Grateful people appreciate the small things in life. Whether it is a child’s laughter or a beautiful sunset, they understand that money cannot put a price on the value of happiness. By focusing on being grateful for what is, they have no time to dwell on what is not.

7. They are enough

Those who are grateful believe that the greatest key to happiness is being happy with yourself. No matter what life throws at them or what their critics say, these people are grateful for their unique abilities and understand that no one can determine their destiny except themselves.

8. It is better to give than receive

Gratitude comes from a deep appreciation for what you have and an open willingness to share that with others The most grateful people understand that spreading joy and love to those who are less fortunate is a surefire way to increase their own sense of happiness.

9. The world is a beautiful place

In the simplest terms, grateful people believe that the world, on the whole, is a good and beautiful place. While there is tragedy and despair, these people believe that the best way to drive out the darkness is by sharing their own light.

Grateful people do not have magical powers that allow them to have a happier, more fulfilling life. Instead, it is what they choose to focus on that creates a path of joy. By finding contentment in the present moment and sharing their lives with others, those who are grateful for the life that they have tend to find the path that leads them on to happiness.

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Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.
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