Just by being grateful for what we already have, our perspective on life can turn around in an instant. And Neil Pasricha does a great job of reminding us of this in his TED Talk, The 3 A’s of Awesome.

Several years ago, he went through really hard times. First, divorce and then the sudden death of his best friend. So he turned to blogging as an outlet and created the site, 1000 Awesome Things, to remind himself about all the simple pleasures in life we often take for granted in order to boost his own moral. And it worked.

Not only did it work but it got him a publishing contract and a new, fulfilling career of inspiring others.

Neil does a beautiful job in this video of getting us to see the beauty that is our life. And that if we’re going through hard times or merely frustrated at not “being” where we want to be in our life, that an attitude of gratitude can save us.

Not only that, but it can usher in all the things you’re wanting that much quicker. For as the saying goes, appreciate what you have now and more good things will come.

We’re constantly waiting for the big things to happen. The promotion at work, the marriage, our dream home. Whatever it is… it seems that most of us in today’s world are so caught up in the attitude of consumption, we forget to appreciate what we already have.

Wanting more is not a bad thing. That’s what motivates us to get up in the morning, go after our goals and reach for the life we dream of. I once heard a theorist explain that without desire, there’s really no need to live. And it’s true if you think about it.

So no guilt at all in wanting more. But as Neil reminds us, it’s important to be grateful for what we have right now because you never know what the future holds.

So what are 10 things you can be grateful for TODAY? What most struck you about Neil’s talk? Can you honestly say you’re appreciating the things you already have in your life right now? Do share… would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

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