We are all lucky, each and every one of us. But it’s easy to forget that. Learn about just how incredibly lucky you are, about the importance of getting perspective on that very important part of your life and about the importance of adopting an attitude of gratitude and counting your blessings, as well as how you can get started in this guide.
An audio version is available here.
Here is a snapshot of some of the things you’ll learn:
- Why being able to read this guide makes you extremely lucky
- How you are luckier than 466 million
- What 1 in 3 people cannot do (but you can)
- What is essential for 94 percent of your ability to taste anything
- What you can’t live without but take for granted
- 9 reasons why you need to adopt an attitude of gratitude count your blessings regularly
- What happens when you focus on what you don’t have (7 problems)
- Easy way to get started with developing an attitude of gratitude
Let’s get started.
Five ways you are incredibly lucky
Here is a very real fact about life: at every point, at every juncture, at every moment in your life – and this includes the difficult ones – there are things to be grateful for. No matter how difficult life might get at any point in time, there will still be things that you have that many others don’t or won’t.
Here are five facts, stats and examples for you to give you a better idea, to help you realise that you are incredibly lucky:
The fact that you woke up today is a blessing.
Because lots of others aren’t so fortunate.
Do you know how many people die every day?
According to the World Economic Forum, nearly 150,000 people die every day worldwide.
This figure, by the way, does not factor in the rise in death tolls as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic. So that number very well could be a lot higher. That’s a lot of people who don’t get to see another day. The fact that you are alive right now is a massive blessing.
Millions of people die every year. In 2015 alone around 55 million people died, and that number is projected to be around 60 million in 2020 based on the data from OWD. So just the fact that you are alive right now makes you luckier than more than 55 million people.
Yes, you are luckier than you think you are.
The fact that we are getting to experience another day on this Earth is a huge blessing. So that is certainly something to be grateful for.
You can never take for granted your life, because the reality is that none of us know when our time will be up.
We woke up today, but far too many others all over the world weren’t so lucky – 150,000 or more people in fact weren’t so lucky today. That certainly makes us the lucky ones, won’t you say? You are luckier than you think you are. Luckier than 55 million people.
The fact that you can listen right now makes you very fortunate.
Because there are lots of people all over the world who, unfortunately, aren’t blessed with hearing. According to the WHO, around 466 million people around the world suffer from disabling hearing loss – that’s more than 5 percent of the world’s population! So just the fact that you can hear right now makes you one of the lucky ones.
Just the fact that you can hear me right now makes you luckier than at least 466 million people around the world.
Here’s another piece of interesting fact for you – do you know on average what the chances are of winning a lottery? It’s around 1 in 13,983,816 (around 14 million). So being luckier than 466 million is way better. Just the fact that you can hear me right now makes you luckier than a lottery winner!
You are luckier than you think you are.
Can you see clearly right now? Then that’s yet another reason to count your blessings. According to research by Kodak, 1 in 3 people can’t see clearly.
That’s a whopping one third of the population that does not have the blessing of clear sight!
Here are some more concrete numbers to give you even more perspective on this – according to a 2010 study by the WHO, 285 million people around the world have some sort of visual impairment, major and minor. And of those, 39 million people are completely blind – that’s 39 million people who can’t see at all.
Does that make you and I luckier than many? I would say it does.
If you can see, then that makes you luckier than a massive 39 million people. You are luckier than you think you are. Luckier than at least 39 million people!
The fourth point is about smell. You have a favourite brand of perfume right? What is it? For me it’s an oil based one with sandalwood base notes – I tend to prefer oil based perfumes more than alcohol based ones. But perfume preferences aside, if you have a favourite smell (be it a perfume or food dish or something else), that makes you luckier than many.
The fact that you can smell makes you lucky. I’m going to demonstrate that point to you with some facts and stats: more than 12 percent of the population suffer from some form of smell dysfunction, which means their sense of smell isn’t fully functional.
However, it gets worse, because around 3 percent of the population suffer from Anosmia, that is they have no sense of smell at all.
Our sense of smell plays a huge role in our lives – did you know that losing your sense of smell can make you lose around 94 percent of your tasting perception? That means you will be able to taste just 6 percent of the flavours of your food if you don’t have your sense of smell.
But that’s not all – the human nose is truly incredible, and can detect a trillion smells!
Who knew our noses are so powerful…
So if you can smell, even a little bit, than that makes you luckier than more than 12 percent of the population.
You are luckier than you think you are.
The last example I have for you is to do with something that you are doing right now, something you are doing this very second – I’m talking about your breathing.
The very fact that you and I can breathe oxygen right now is a blessing. Imagine if oxygen was suddenly gone, or if you found yourself in a situation where you couldn’t breathe oxygen anymore, like having some sort of breathing problem or being deep under water without an oxygen tank.
We take oxygen for granted but it is only when it isn’t abundantly available that we realise just how important it really is. And this rationale extends to nearly everything around us.
The fact that you can breathe oxygen right now is a massive blessing.
You are luckier than you think you are.
Those five are not the only blessings in our lives right now, of course. There are lots of things that we have in our lives right now that are blessings, even if they don’t stand out as blessings.
But they are.
Perspective is important
We are far more lucky and blessed than we can ever truly realise. We might never know the true extent of our blessings, mainly because there are lots of things that are going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about, like the millions of internal mechanisms that keeps our body and mind functioning.
The point is, we are all, each and every one of us, blessed. We are all luckier than we think we are.
These are all facts by the way – what I’m talking about isn’t conjecture, it isn’t some vague theory or even my own subjective opinion or philosophy or some new age stuff.
We are all blessed and that is a fact.
If you want even more concrete proof of that, here’s something for you to try: hold your breath. Hold it for as long as you can. Breathe in when you can’t hold it any longer. Once you feel the discomfort that comes due to the lack of air in your lungs, you will know what a blessing it is to be able to breathe and to have an abundance of oxygen. You just need to hold your breathe for a minute or so to realise the truth about our blessings and just how lucky you are.
We are all blessed. It just takes looking, and I mean really looking, at all that we have to realise that we are all incredibly blessed. That we are all incredibly lucky.
The problem isn’t that we aren’t all blessed and we aren’t lucky, the problem is that we lose perspective. We start taking things for granted, and only truly value what we have when we are about to lose them (or worse, when we lose them).
But by then it might be too late.
Don’t wait until you lose what you have to appreciate your blessings and realise how incredibly lucky you are Appreciate what you have now, rather than waiting till you nearly lose it.
And that’s a great reason for counting your blessings every day. Maybe even more frequently!
Nine Reasons to count your blessings
Here are some more reasons why you should count your blessings regularly:
- Makes you happier
- Will help reduce your stress and anxiety
- Will help improve your relationships as you’ll be happier and more positive
- Better health thanks to reduced stress levels
- You will be calmer
- You’ll be more resilient
- You will perform better, which is a good news for your career or business
- Your overall quality of life will be better
- And here’s a really great one – the more you focus on the blessings in your life, the more you practice an attitude of gratitude, the more your overall health and wellbeing will improve. This is because you will create a positive feedback loop. Good energy begets good energy after all.
That last point is an important point to remember by the way – positive energy attracts positive energy.
When you adopt an attitude of gratitude and sincerely focus on all the things you are blessed with in your life, you will attract more good things. More good things will come to your life. More good people will come into your life. It’s a great positive cycle that will be created as a result of the positive feedback loop this shift in attitude can create.
It will not happen overnight, but it will happen.
The more you practice gratitude, the better it is for you.
What happens when you focus on lack
Conversely, here’s what happens when you focus on what you don’t have, as opposed to what you do have:
- Makes you bitter
- Causes jealousy
- Causes envy
- Causes stress
- Negatively impacts your health
- Your mental health suffers
- Your whole quality of life is negatively impacted, and the more you focus on what you don’t have, the worse it gets because it creates a negative feedback loop.
How to get started
Now you know that adopting an attitude of gratitude is good for you, but how can you get started?
Here’s a simple way – start a daily gratitude journal.
Starting a daily gratitude journal is one of the best ways to adopt an attitude of gratitude and count your blessings.
The easiest way would be to think about five things.
Even Oprah is a big fan!
Every single day, no matter where you are in your life, practice gratitude.
You can focus on what you don’t have, and you’ll probably find many things…
But it is far better to focus on what you do have.
The first causes more negative feelings, and creates struggles and discontent.
The second one helps you get perspective on how blessed you really are, and creates happiness and improves your quality of life.
Before you go today, i want you to try this – list 5 things you are grateful for right now. Take a few seconds and list just 5 things you are grateful for right at this very moment. It can be something as universal as being able to breathe or something a lot more personal. That will get you started with counting your blessings.
Now make that into a daily habit. You already know why you need to.
If you aren’t clear on the reasons, however, just read the guide again. That can help clarify any confusions you may have. If it doesn’t, however, feel free to send me your questions.
Here’s the bottom line – we all have things to be grateful for, we are all blessed, and there are many benefits to adopting an attitude of gratitude.
So count your blessings, and make that into a daily habit, because that’s the smart thing to do.
Developing an attitude of gratitude plays an important role in improving your life, and is a key part of improving your mindset as a whole. Want to learn more about how you can improve and upgrade your mindset? Then check out my podcast on growth mindset to get started. This 7-day guide on how to think better can also help.
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