Family, God, and Gratitude

Family, religion, and gratitude-the three things that make me happy. For this post I’ll be grouping these three things into broader categories with other specific thankfuls: My surroundings, having a purpose in life, and well gratitude.

Before we get going I would like to tell you how I came up with these three magical things. No, I did not pull them out of thin air, or anywhere else for that matter. They were the most prevalent topics in my gratitude journal, which I’ve had for eight months. Without further ado let’s see what has made me happier and why.

My Surroundings

Under this category falls family, friends, and music. The interesting thing about family and friends was that when something was happening in my life, good or bad, which they supported me through, I mentioned them more times in my thankfuls. When I decided to quit playing club soccer my family helped me decide what to do. The next couple of days there were a lot more thankfuls for them and for the teammates I had on the team. Writing down that I was thankful for them helped me realize how many supportive people I had in my life.

My family and my friends help me through a lot, and I can help them as well. This kind of mutualistic relationship is very important. It helps you be a happier, more expressive person because you know you have support to fall back on. It also helps you feel needed. If your family and friends need support, you can help them.

Having good, healthy relationships has helped me become a more optimistic, supportive person.

Music is the next thankful. It may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but music is almost as important to me as my family and friends. Listening to music helps me allow my mind to drift off and relax from the stresses of life. It’s just you and the artist, nothing else you have to worry about. There isn’t even a certain genre of music you have to listen to, you can listen to whatever you like!

Another big plus of music is you can have your own private singing/dance party! Sing or dance your troubles away!

Having a purpose

God, my blog (this!), and success are the top things that give me purpose, not the only things! Having obvious purposes in life motivates me to get things done. They create a desire to fulfill that purpose, whatever it is.

God is ALL over my thankfuls. My whole journal is to thank him for what He has blessed me with. Having Him in my life allows me to carry on through the hard parts because I know he has a great plan for me. I don’t have to worry about what is going to happen to me: it is in His hands, not mine.

Whenever I need advice, help, or comfort I can turn to God, in prayer or in the Bible. The fact that I can talk to him anytime and anywhere I want to gives me a special kind of comfort I can’t get elsewhere.

Believing in Jesus gives my whole life a purpose, the purpose of serving him, doing good, and helping people. If I had none of the things I have or will mention in this post, I’d still be happy as long as I had God. It’s a magical kind of thing you just have to experience for yourself!

Blogging is another source of happiness for me. It gives me the purpose of showing my audience (you!) how they can live life to the fullest. I love to read the feedback I get from my readers, whether in the comments here or on Twitter or Facebook.

Writing posts every week also allows me to meet a weekly goal, and meeting goals feels amazing! It shows me I can do whatever I want as long as I put in the effort. It’s also nice to look back and see that I have posted twenty articles!

Success was everywhere in my thankfuls. It outnumbered every other one by A LOT. I don’t write about only major successes, but also small ones, like getting out of bed at a decent hour or writing a blog post or if I meet my weekly goals.

A lot of people seem to live under the illusion that “success” is a huge word. However, to me it means that you have completed a goal you set out to do, no matter how big or small. A lot of my successes haven’t been big, but acknowledging them shows me that I can achieve what I set out to achieve.

I set out to do well at a debate championship: I got 12th place as an individual team. I made a goal to do well in my first speech contest: I got 2nd place. I set out to write a blog: I started and now have more people than I could’ve imagined reading it! (Be sure to subscribe!!)

Once I started succeeding in the small areas, I felt ready to set out to fo bigger things, and so far I’ve met my goals. That makes my happy, and gives me the motivation to keep doing what I’m doing.


Being grateful

I have already written a post about how great gratitude is, but I’d like to touch on it here too. Believe it or not 100% of my the thankfuls in my journal are about being grateful!! Yes that was a joke, of sorts.

On the serious side, just acknowledging the good around me allows me to see how much good there actually is around me! I no longer dwell on the bad that has happened to me, but focus on the good. Trust me, it’s a great way to look at life.

There is so much good in the world, you just have to change the way you look at things. The way I’ve done that is by writing three things I’m grateful for everyday. It is a great place to start, and my advice to you is to start! It’s the best way to start feeling happier immediately!

So now that you see what makes me happy, tell me what makes you happy! Just leave a comment or Tweet to @TheEdgeofIdeas! Thank you for reading, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor for happiness! While you’re here at TheEdgeofIdeas.com be sure to look around a little, and feel free to subscribe!!

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5 thoughts on “Family, God, and Gratitude

  1. Thank you! I need to have God in my life, he’s the most important thing in it! And it’s so fun to look back over what I’m grateful for, it shows how much I have to be glad about!

  2. Love this whole thing, Luke! I have to have God to get anywhere too! That’s neat that you have a grateful journal. I restart mine, over and over. This reminds me to get back to it!!
    Thanks, Melinda

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