“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Gratitude is a wonderful thing, even if the one thing you gain from it is perspective.  And perspective is powerful.  Combining the two can easily change the chaos in your life into order, and the sadness into happiness.

I’m sure you’ve often heard that happiness is a skill, because it is. And learning to appreciate the things that are in your life will take you far.

Here are 7 laws of gratitude that will change your life:

Being in a state of gratitude brings more goodness to your life

Being in a state of gratitude helps bring more good things into your life for you to be grateful for.  Just as constantly focusing on the things you don’t have will bring only discontent and negativity into your life.

Gratefulness and happiness aren’t mutually exclusive

Being grateful will always help to make you happy.  It’s inherent within the emotion.  But happiness will not always make you grateful.  Being happy in the present moment means being grateful for what you have, not necessarily that you want more of it.

You’re never left needing more

When you’re grateful for what you have and are happy and present, you never need more than what you already have.

Being grateful keeps you from taking things for granted

When you are in a state of gratitude it is much more difficult to take things for granted.  One of the biggest differences between privilege and entitlement is gratitude.

Gratitude is best expressed through action

While words have their place in our lives, actions remain largely the biggest expressions of belief and sincerity.  Speaking words takes little effort, show how grateful you are with your behavior, and by taking action.

Gratitude fosters true forgiveness, which is when you can sincerely say, “Thank you for that experience.”

It doesn’t matter how badly you’ve been burned by someone, we learn a little bit about ourselves and the world from each person we allowed into our lives, and for that, we should be grateful.

Gratitude is all-inclusive.

Good days give you happiness and bad days give you wisdom.  Both are essential.  This is especially true of your relationships.  We meet no ordinary people in our lives; if you give them a chance, everyone has something important to teach you.