Gratitude – Appreciating the Things Around You

When we suffer from low self esteem, it is not uncommon to forget the things that we enjoy in life. We tend to focus on the negatives in every situation, while completely ignoring the positives. In order to combat this, then, you should start to recognize those things that you enjoy and be thankful for them.

For example, let’s say you make a mistake at work. It is not uncommon for you to feel as though the mistake represents the end of the world – that somehow you are a worse person because you made a simple error. Instead, try to focus on the things you are thankful for:

  • You have a job that appreciates your work enough to notice mistakes.
  • You have set high standards for yourself because you know you can achieve great things.
  • You recognize that you made a mistake because you have self awareness.

These are all things to be thankful for, and every situation–even the poorest one–has something about it for you to be appreciated, if for no other reason than you should enjoy the fact that you are alive and able to experience these emotions, even when negative.

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