Stop Breathing For One Minute

Day 217/365: How to practice gratitude that works!

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People often don’t realise just how lucky they are and how grateful they should be for the little things in life.

“How can I be grateful? What is that? How is that going to help me with my hard, unfair, miserable life?”

Here’s a short list of things you should do once in a while to keep yourself grounded and happy, even if you’re not rich or completely healthy.

Material possesions

If you want to be grateful for your cable, turn the TV off for a whole week. Don’t touch it. No cable. No Netflix. No movies and no sport. Turn it on after a week and feel how grateful you are for having access to a TV. Billions of people worldwide don’t have one.

Food

If you want to be grateful for your food, eat only bread and salt for a day and drink only water. The next day, feel how grateful you are for being able to eat anything that you want for lunch or dinner. Billions of people worldwide don’t have access to proper food and water. Many of them have no access to food or water, period.

Health

If you want to be grateful for your health, even if it’s not perfect, put on an eye mask for 3 hours. Try living in complete darkness for just 180 minutes. Take the eye mask off and feel how grateful you are for being able to see. Millions of people can’t see, millions of people can’ hear or speak. Millions of people never saw a rainbow, or a cloud, or the face of their mothers or sisters.

Family

If you want to be grateful for your family, shut down any contact with every single member of your family for 3 days. No face-to-face, no phone, no Instagram or Facebook, nothing. Feel how grateful you are for having them around at the end of the period. Millions of people are living alone, without a family. Millions were born and then abandoned.

Life

If you want to be grateful for your life, hold your breath for just one minute. Take a huge, deep breath and then go for it. Don’t take in any air. Resist the urge to let yourself breathe. Stay breathless for as long as you can. Don’t faint. After that, feel how grateful you are for being able to breathe.

Every single breath you took today and every single breath you’ll take until tonight are little miracles. All you have to do is breathe, and be grateful for it, in order to experience life, the greatest gift of all, moment after moment.

About a million people will not breathe tomorrow. Be grateful for every breath and for the fact that you’re alive. It’s a miracle in itself.

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