Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, a day dedicated to gratefulness. It’s interesting that we have a day dedicated to this. It goes to show that gratefulness is not the norm. If I eavesdrop on conversations in my lecture hall or check out what’s trending on Twitter. I’ll see a lot of people complaining — the antithesis to gratefulness. Generally speaking, we have a tendency to focus on the negative.
I complained a lot early on too. I’d complain about my teachers boring math lesson, I’d complain about not having the latest video game console, I’d complain about anything and everything.
But I learned that while negativity and complaining is easy, it leads to bitterness and resentment. Over time, I learned to be grateful instead. Gratefulness is a choice — I can either see the glass as half full or half empty. Choosing gratefulness helped me see the beauty in everything. Most situations or experiences aren’t objectively bad or good, it’s how we perceive it that makes it that way.
Gratefulness helped me become more positive, more attractive, and more resilient. Its changed my life and that’s something I’m grateful for.