Let's talk about how being grateful for the things in our lives can help increase happiness and decrease stress.
What do you think it means to be grateful?
But feeling grateful isn’t always easy and isn’t something that everyone does naturally. It’s pretty easy to compare yourself to those around you and wish you had what they had, or to focus on the challenges and frustrations in your lives.
Being grateful is a muscle you can build. Just like you learn or develop a new skill or strength through practice, you can improve your attitude of gratitude by working on it a little bit each day.
Let's think about these perspectives:
Do you know how many people in the world today have clean drinking water?
There are more than six million people in the world who don’t have clean water for drinking, cooking, or cleaning themselves. Many people who don’t have these things end up getting sick because of it.
How many people do you think have access to a working toilet?
More than 1/3 of people living in the world today don’t have access to a working toilet? Some of these people have to use a hole in the ground. Others use an outhouse or something similar.
Sometimes we get so used to things that help keep us comfortable, safe and healthy, that we forgot to be grateful for them. These things are overlooked blessings.
Together as a class, make a list of overlooked blessings…things that you take for granted but for which, when you stop and think, you are grateful.
I will post the list somewhere where everyone can see it regularly as a reminder.
Take a look at this guided gratitude meditation together: http://www.changetochill.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Change_to_Chill_Gratitude.mp3