What are you grateful for?

Today I was perusing videos on YouTube and happened upon this speech by David Chilton. He is the author of The Wealthy Barber and its sequel The Wealthy Barber Returns. He’s definitely one of my favourite speakers and authors.

In this speech, Chilton tells us that he believes that Canada is a country full of complainers and that complaining is indeed a national pastime. They complain about things like standing in a long line up at Tim Horton’s and also their free – yes, you read that right, free – healthcare system. They complain because they don’t know how good they have it and they take their good fortune for granted. I reflected how this might also be true here.

I highly encourage you to watch his speech as it will change your perspective on life.

Chilton’s speech has certainly given me a lot to reflect on. I know that I can get bogged down in complaints with the best of them. Lately, I have been complaining more about minor inconveniences in my life. So I have decided that I will make more of a concerted effort to be grateful.

I encourage you to do the same. Like Chilton says, we are all indeed the lucky ones and instead of complaining, we should show our gratitude. We should also spread our good fortune to those who are less fortunate like those who have been affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa or those who are suffering from poverty.

I just read a book entitled Living On A Dollar A Day and discovered that about 2 billion people on earth live on less than two dollars a day. I am truly flabbergasted by this statistic. It makes me feel sad for our society as we are ignoring the large number of people who live in poverty everyday. It also made me realize all of the things I take for granted including electricity, running water, three meals a day and a roof over my head.

However, the book also shows that we can all take action and do our part to alleviate poverty in the world. This year, my husband and I have sponsored a child in India through the organization SOS Children’s Villages. We know that our small contribution every month will have a big impact on her life, allowing her to grow up in a safe environment and pursue an education.

Gratitude makes us kinder, more empathetic, happier and healthier. It makes us appreciate ourselves and others. Complaining makes us bitter and negative. Complaining might feel good for a while, but too much complaining is unhealthy and will drag us down in the end.  So why not raise ourselves up and show some gratitude. We all have a lot to be grateful for as Americans. Once we realize this, we will be better able to make a lasting impact on the world and our fellow human beings.

What are you grateful for?

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