5 Ways to Stop Complaining and Start Appreciating Your Life

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” Do you agree? While I’m quite aware of how blessed I am, and I give thanks everyday; I still manage to find things to complain about. Consider the following ways to start appreciating more and complaining less.

1. Write it down. Stop looking for what’s wrong and look for what’s right. Seeing a visual list of all your blessings will help you put things into perspective. Focusing on all that is golden in your life will only bring about more positive things.

2. Remember that everything is temporary. When you tell yourself that you’ll be happy when this happens or that happens, you are robbing yourself of the moment. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

3. Live simply. Learn to distinguish wants from needs. Our generation is so programmed to base our worth on our possessions. Detaching ourselves from material things will make us happier. Do you have your things or do your things have you?

4. Give yourself permission. Set boundaries. Be guilt-free. Turn off your phone when you want. Say No. Change careers. Take a trip. Try and fail and try again. Start a relationship or end one. Challenge stereotypes. Make your own rules. Joyfully take responsibility for your own happiness.

5. Remember that you are living someone else’s dream. You might think that things could be better. But they could also be worse. There are many people in the world who would gladly trade places with you.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~Epictetus