“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8

Even if you’re not religious, I think you can appreciate that little tidbit from the Bible.

Too often we get so caught up focusing on what’s not going right in our lives and we forget to focus on the good things that are happening.

I mean, it’s easy. We all do it at one point or another, but if we are to live fulfilled, content lives, then harping on those things that aren’t quite in order will not only discourage you, but it’ll do little to fix them as well.

Recently, I started a gratitude journal. In it I write down things — big and small — for which I’m thankful. Sometimes they are lessons I’ve learned (even painful ones); other times what I scribble down are trivial things that make me smile. No matter what I write, just the act of being thankful for everything has reminded me that I’m doing just fine … even when I think I’m not.

When we focus on the things that are working and the people we love, we’ll not only have less time to fret about the disasters in our life, we’ll also see that the good things will begin to multiply.

Happy Tuesday!

*Photo via Britni Danielle

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  • Cree

    Well…I think I could use this this morning. I’ve spent all summer grappling with if i should apply for teaching positions…I waitied until last Friday to do it. School starts next week. I am hoping for a call, after my dream job refused to call me back…Bright side…I have time to just be me right now, taking care of house and home and myself…

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  • Wonderful article, and that is one of my favorite Bible verses. I try to look on the bright side all of the time and count all of my blessings.