On the eve of Christmas I can think of a better reminder to all of us to be grateful for the opportunities that we have. 

Having an attitude of gratitude is not something that comes naturally to most of us unfortunately. However, the happiest people I know are grateful for pretty much everything in their lives. I also know when I make an intentional effort to focus on the things in my life that I can be grateful for I am happier, more productive and my perspective is framed in a positive way.

Most of us wake up in the morning and go about our day without thinking about what we can be grateful for. In fact we actually take what we should be grateful for and turn it into a negative. 

For example, Most people will get up and think "I have to go to work". What if you were to change your perspective and think "I get to go to work"? Not everyone gets to go to work. 

I hear people complain about their kids, spouse, work etc. "I have to take my kids to such and such" or "My wife wants to do so and so". No, you GET to drive your kids to such and such and spend time with them, And you GET the opportunity to do so and so with your wife. On top of that you GET the honor of being a husband, wife, father or mother.

Happiness and gratitude go hand in hand. You are in 100 percent control of how happy you are by how grateful you want to be.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and much gratitude and happiness to you and your families this holiday season!