Growing up, I was blessed to have parents who taught me the power of gratitude at a young age. Being a fairly new parent myself, I’m so excited to pass down those same lessons to my own kids—and to others who need encouragement.
If you ever struggle with being grateful, these are incredible tips that will help you get back on the right track. I hope they help!
1. Relationships matter.
In my upcoming book Love Your Life, Not Theirs, I discuss how important it is to have conversations about money with loved ones—even when it’s difficult. When you’re close with your family and friends and have developed a foundation of trust, it’s much easier to have those tough talks. In my own life, I really value the relationship I have with my parents—and a lot of that comes from the lessons they taught me about valuing family and friends. So I encourage you to develop your friendships and not lose sight of your family members. Healthy relationships can lead to healthy budgets!
2. Be thankful for where you are in life.
My parents declared bankruptcy the year I was born. Because of that, I learned a lot about contentment early in life. My parents helped me see the important balance between working hard, trying to be successful, and being thankful for how far you’ve already come (and what you’ve already achieved). While there’s nothing wrong with setting goals and moving forward in your life and career, never take for granted what you already have.
While there’s nothing wrong with setting goals and moving forward in your life and career, never take for granted what you already have.
3. Gratefulness takes practice.
If you’re at a point in life where being grateful doesn’t just flow naturally, don’t worry. You might have to take time to sit down and put conscious effort into thinking about everything you are thankful for. You might have to practice being thankful! Even if you’re flat broke, are you alive? Do you have a roof over your head?
As a kid, as soon as I started whining or complaining about something I didn’t have, my parents would give me a good dose of perspective. Years later, I think back to those times when I begin to feel entitled or discontent and remind myself of what my parents taught me—that gratefulness is powerful.
Contentment—and the danger of comparison living—is a major focus in Love Your Life, Not Theirs, Rachel Cruze’s upcoming book about developing seven money habits to live the life you want. The book releases in October, but you can preorder it today and receive over $70 worth of free digital bonus items!