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Gratitude and the grind of life.

One of the hardest things to accomplish in life is to be grateful for absolutely everything that happens to you. Even simple everyday setbacks might seem like the world is working against you rather than with you.

We've all heard when it rains, it pours, and the snowball effect. It simply means if you focus on the bad, then the bad will become the focus of the situation.

Let's look at a job loss. It might seem like the end of your world when you lose a job. More times than not, there is a better job around the corner. Or, perhaps it might be the catalyst for pushing you to go back and finish those few classes to get your long desired degree.

The challenge in life is to look beyond the pain to the positives that inevitably accompany any loss. There is always a "silver lining" to every situation. By forcing yourself to commit to seeing the good in every and every situation that comes your way, you retrain yourself to see the good and, by doing so, attract more of it.

Think of it as a new exercise plan. At first, you have to make yourself do it. Do it enough times, and you will start to naturally flow into seeing the positive perspective and let the negative fall away. Before long, you will begin to be grateful for even the harshest of situations, and that renewed outlook on life will bring you more and more extraordinary situations!

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