When we go through life, we often forget that all things that we have in front of us can be taken away at any given moment. Our jobs, our family members, or home can all be gone within a moment. As a society that always feels like we are lacking something, we often forget to have gratitude for the things that are right in front of us. The lives that we lead are lives that we should always give thanks for. People often think if they had something more in their life then it would be fulfilling. If I just had that job, more money, a nicer house, luxury car, luxury vacation or a partner then I would be much happier. Fulfillment actually comes from being grateful for the life you are already living and not wanting more that what already exists. Fulfillment and happiness are a frame of mind and not a way of life. Gratitude on a regular basis can transform your life and how you look at it. Gratitude shifts the energy in your life and brings more of what you want. By being grateful for what you have already, life will only become more positive and you will attract more good things. Instead of always feeling like your life is lacking something, be grateful and have the mindset that your life is already full plus some extra. We all need to consider what it is we need and what it is we want in life , and realize that they are two different things. Instead, be grateful your immediate needs are met. Simple things such as a home, food, and clothing are all we really need. Everything else besides those are just things we feel we want to have to live. There are millions of people that do not even have their simple needs being met, and that is why we should feel grateful when we do. Gratitude is also a way to shift the dynamic in relationships and negative situations. By showing gratitude in a relationship, the other person may feel appreciated. If you fail to show appreciation in a relationship or a job those things can be taken from you. Remember to always look at what is in front of you on a daily basis and be thankful that you are able to have this life to live. We are only given one life and the life we are given is something to be thankful for. So that next time, you think to complain or criticize remember that you have many things in this moment to be happy and grateful for instead. When you remember to be grateful, the world will remember to show you thanks by rewarding you with positive things back .