Which comes first, happiness or gratefulness?

I’ve been lucky enough to sneak away for a few days with hubby before the hectic Christmas time sets upon us.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

It was hubby's work end of year function and it was truly wonderful to catch up with some of his colleagues.⠀ ⁠⠀ I noticed that the general theme of our conversations over the three days was quite focused on letting go and how we are each grateful for our individual blessings.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ In a quiet moment, I realised the depth of my current happiness. I have been recognised and acknowledged professionally, I am surrounded by wonderful friends, family and colleagues and I am able to follow my passions.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ (I actually started listing all that I am grateful for, but found it to be too long a list for this post!)⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ So, the question remains... Am I happy only because I am grateful for my life? Or has my determined and considered positive attitude made me more aware of my many blessings big and small, making me grateful for them?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ To be bluntly honest with you - I don't care either way.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Either way leads me to positivity; either way leads me to happiness; either way leads me to count my blessings. ⁠⠀ Win-win!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Going back to that mega list I had written, I would like to point out 2 things in particular:⁠⠀ 1. My beautiful daughters and wonderful husband who inspire and encourage me in every one of my endeavours, every step of the way.⠀ ⁠⠀ 2. You, yes you. I am grateful for you taking the time to read my posts and follow me on my journey through life (and house hunting!). You are amazing... And don't ever let anyone tell you any different!⠀ ⁠⠀ In the midst of the chaos that is generally the festive season, find a quiet moment to look at what you are grateful for. Sit in this space and allow the peace and happiness to well up around and within you and allow it to carry you forward.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ It's worth it, trust me!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Blessings to you all xx⁠⠀

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