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Did you know that happiness is directly related to how grateful you are for the things that you have? If someone has everything you could dream of—a private airplane, personal stylists, an at-home masseuse, a personal chef—but isn’t grateful for those things, she doesn’t really have anything does she? What good is the having of something if you don’t feel the joy you can take from it? On the flip side, someone who has comparatively little to that wealthy person just described, but is full of gratitude, has everything. Maybe that’s why some of the happiest countries in the world are, actually, not the wealthiest. Maybe that’s why you’re surprised to find that the person with the job you’d hate to have—the janitor at your office or the cashier at your fast food spot—is happier than you are. It’s not about what they have; it’s about what they feel about what they have. Here’s how life changes when you become grateful

gratitude and happiness of an attractive young woman eating a tub of yoghurt at home

You’re not eating boring food; you’re eating

You stop wishing you could afford to eat at restaurants several nights a week or order delivery. You stop wishing you could shop at the gourmet grocery store. You realize how lucky you are to get to walk into any store, and buy food. You never have to worry about eating when you’re hungry.

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