“What have I got to be grateful for?” the grouch mumbles under his breath.

He looks and waits for everything to go perfectly so that he has a reason to be happy and then perhaps he will be grateful.

But it doesn’t work that way.

Instead of waiting for something to make you happy so that you can be grateful, be grateful first.

Even on the worst of days, I can list a handful of things that make me smile and that allow me to look to the heavens with thanks.

Some days, that list is longer than others.

Some days, I have to think a bit harder about it.

But there’s always something to be grateful for.


And once I have made it that far, it’s very hard not to be happier and more content with my lot in life.

So don’t wait for the perfect circumstances before you are grateful, as those circumstances may never arrive and you end up like a bulldog who swallowed a wasp.

Be grateful first, and let the feelings of happiness follow.