One third of Americans are dissatisfied with their lives. That’s 100 million people – living in a developed, relatively free and peaceful society.
A lingering sense of dissatisfaction when all of one’s basic needs are met can be linked to a variety of things. The most common biggies seem to be:
- living life based on others expectations
- allowing money or guilt to trap you in an unhappy situation
- letting fear run your life
- having less money or love than you think you need
- an inkling that you’re not living your life fully
- a pervasive feeling that you’ll be happy “when…”
As you become more and more mindful in your life and focus on navigating through these challenges – there is one immediate antidote to unsettled feelings that you can apply right now: a big healthy dose of gratitude. It is impossible to hold a grateful thought and feel dissatisfied at the same time. Impossible. Try it.
Here’s an interesting experiment:
Commit a full day to direct observation of this principle at work. Make it a point to notice each time you feel a sense of dissatisfaction arise, for any reason. Here are just a few possibilities:
- an unexpected expense
- not enough time
- someone not complying with your idea of right behaviour
- stuck in traffic, in line, in a less than ideal encounter
- a project not going according to plan
- wrong weather, wrong response, wrong choice…
There are sooooo many things that show up to mess with our peace.
Notice them as they arise, and for each one find something to be grateful for in that exact moment. Sincerely, authentically grateful. Then watch what happens to your state of being.
Here’s a moving 10 minute vid to fire up your imagination:
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Good to ponder:
“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” – Buddhist proverb