it’s my firm belief that gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in this world. sometimes it’s the only saving grace we have when things feel harsh or worn-out. some people don’t take the time to consider why they’re lucky, especially if they’re feeling particularly unlucky- which is the most necessary time to do it. there have been numerous articles about gratitude and its impact on your physical and emotional well-being (here is a link to one published in the Harvard Mental Health Letter). in a sense, gratitude really can help you fake it until you make it- by considering the positive side of your life, you change your attitude and your life, in turn, begins to change as well.
having lived in poverty for a long time, i am always reevaluating my circumstances and trying to check myself about the things i complain about. today, while discussing the term “voluntary simplicity” with someone, i said jokingly that it seemed like the positive term for “broke”. this made me think about basic human needs, and how bad off any of my friends or i actually are at the poverty levels we’re at. it was then that i chanced upon this image. i put it as my desktop background- to remind me of what i really have.