Is gratitude the main ingredient for a happy life? Indeed it is. The recipe for a happy life calls for gratitude. Gratitude is the staple everyone needs to gain happiness. Ingredients for happiness vary from person to person but the one common basic necessity for all is gratitude. When one lives in a state of gratitude happiness flows.

Many people who have painful circumstances in their past or present lives cannot conceive of living in a state of gratitude but if they only realized that gratitude paves the way to move out from the pain! Only gratitude can change our view. If you are in a difficult or even hopeless situation and can find nothing to be grateful for focus on being grateful for the air you breathe. Sit, breathe, and begin to heal. Even a small moment of gratitude can begin the process.

When we focus on things to be grateful for we find more things to be grateful for but when we can become grateful for all in our life, even for the painful circumstances, our life trajectory changes. Remember, pain helps us grow. Gratitude is the substance from which all positive emotion grows. Become truly grateful for your pain and watch what happens.

This is no easy task but from my own experience I know that gratitude helped me live through years of devastating emotional pain and when I was able to become grateful for that pain twenty-five years later, everything changed for the better and my happiness level went over the top.

Gratitude is the life boat that saved me and I know gratitude can save you, too. Allow gratitude to swell up inside you and push out the negative feelings. Your happiness is in your control and if you choose to have a happy life then allow gratitude to show you the way out. You can discover the answer to the question; “Is gratitude the main ingredient to a happy life?”

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