When I was traveling eastern Europe, I stayed with host families of all different types. Generally I would stay with a different family every 3-4 days, however in some cases I stayed longer. I wanted an adventure where I could really get to know different people and cultures and see how they live their life compared to how I lived my life in the USA. I met a variety of people when I was traveling: some from great economic situations, and others dirt poor. Although there are many beautiful places in that part of the world, there is also a lot of poverty.
I stayed with families that were so poor that they barely had any food to eat and only one bucket of warm water to shower between us all.
This style of life was different than my own and I really had no idea what to think. After being there one month and staying in different houses like that, I learned something very interesting. Almost 90% of the families that I stayed with shared the little that they did have and did not ask for anything in return.
They were so thankful to have me in their house, share their life, stories and happiness with someone from a foreign country. They would wake up each more smiling, happy and giving thanks for their family, health and a great life with everything they needed.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.”
Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools that we have access to in our everyday life. Not only is it life changing, but it’s free for everyone and the benefits are endless.
It is so powerful that it scientifically proven to improve your physical, psychological health and increases your mental strength. Working to have an attitude of thankfulness has also been linked to a decrease in the likelihood of contracting a disease, improve your immune system function and a give you a better ability to relax.
Being grateful each and everyday choice we have to make daily.
Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy all the mental, emotional and physical benefits that go along with the practice of being thankful, but it first requires you leaving behind your old, negative ways of thinking and entering into a prosperous mindset.
How can you change your negative mindset?
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