3 Ways to Seek Out Gratitude in the Difficult Times

3 Ways to Seek Out Gratitude in the Difficult Times

November 23, 2016 | Posted in: chronic illness; support

Sometimes I get angry and super down about my health situation. That’s ok. Keeping a positive outlook is clearly a better option than having a negative one. Having a mostly positive outlook doesn’t mean that everything is perfect all of the time, it only means that it is possible to be positive and strong while also being human and honest.

No one, healthy or not, is always happy. No one would expect that from a healthy person, so they certainly shouldn’t expect it from a chronically ill person. Certainly not if they truly understood how constant,  how awful these conditions can be.

For those of us with less than stellar health, this is what hope is – finding the good in every day, even the worst ones. It’s doing this while not being delusional or in denial. It’s making choices to live an overall healthy and happy lifestyle despite the setbacks our bodies throw at us.

The choice to find gratitude among the unfairness that is chronic illness is ours, only ours, to make Click To Tweet No one can help us with it. Nor should we let the opinions of others slow the roll ( stampede, march, or even the stomp ) of our journey towards gratitude in the face of hardship.

Here are three ways to seek out gratitude in the difficult times.

1. Look for anything that is working the way it needs to. Anything. Any little thing. It doesn’t matter how small it is. It doesn’t even matter how big it is. Just take it and run with it, and if it seems like a little thing, remember that it is probably bigger than you think.

2. Help someone else. Everyone is struggling with something, even if it can’t be seen. Do not ignore the struggles of others. Kindness is a better choice, and it can take your mind off of personal issues.

3. Do at least one thing you know you do well. Often, when we are feeling down on ourselves we do not feeling capable of coping with anything. Then the darkness comes and everything goes downhill. We must remind ourselves all the good in us by moving towards our talents.

Always remember that life will not always be beautiful, but it will not always be ugly either. Practicing gratitude won’t instantly take you to only happiness. The sadness will still come. Practicing gratitude is a helpful coping tool. Always keep it handy in your tool kit.

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Ellie is a 44-year-old woman living in South Carolina. She works as a cashier, but is always dreaming of more, she’s just not sure of what more is. Her favorite hobbies are reading, writing and yarn crafts. Her biggest hope in blogging is to help no one ever feel alone in their journeys with chronic illness, or anything else.

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