How much do you focus on what you lack? Do you always notice your single status, the perfect job you don’t have or the house you don’t yet own? We are all guilty of seeing what we don’t have rather than focusing on what we do have, but keeping up the habit of doing this is what’s keeping you from true happiness.

Do You Truly Appreciate What You Have?

Gratefulness and appreciation for what we have may sound like a typical clichéd way to achieve happiness, but in doing so you are training your mind to focus on the abundance in your life rather than what is lacking.

When we focus on lack, we feel like failures. In fact, by doing this we are only making comparisons with others who are on a completely different path from ourselves. True appreciation for the people and things in your life will help you to realize just how much you do have. Whether it’s small things like the roof over your head, food in the fridge, a great friend you can talk to about anything, or having a hot shower every morning – it’s these things we tend to overlook and only notice when we don’t have them.

Loving what you already have will instantly create feelings of fulfilment and abundance and will decrease the amount of time you spend dwelling on what’s not yet in your life.