Gratitude and Joy

Put on your personal development pants, because we’re about to make mindset magic.

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Truthfully I’m not super concerned with the answer, but it mimics the question I really want to ask you…consider that one your warm up!

Real question: What comes first, joy or gratitude?

The answer, according to research, is GRATITUDE.

This goes against the common thought process we’re taught if you think about it.  Typically, people think they need to get a fancy car, have a perfect body, or find a relationship first and foremost.  Those “things” lead to joy, which, in turn, leads to gratitude for having such a wonderful life.

Wrong.

Gratitude first, joy second.  And those “things”? They won’t really matter anyway if you don’t have gratitude and joy in the first place!

Are you still with me?  If so, you may be asking yourself what this has to do with the tall women community.

Well, my lovely Tall Sister, I’m here to tell you that being overwhelmingly grateful for your height is a one-way ticket to joyfulness! Regardless of whether you love your height, hate your height, or generally feel pretty neutral about it, I want to point out one very important fact…

Your height makes you unique. Period.

There’s no changing that if you tried! Now think about this. Women who have changed the world – Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie – were all unique as well.  Whether they had revolutionary thoughts, wanted to excel in a “man’s industry,” or had a new way of looking at the world, they embraced what made them “different” and, in doing so, altered the course of history.

You are unique. Your height is unique. You can change the world too.

And if that’s not something to be grateful for, then I don’t know what is! Now before you think I’ve made a bit of a stretch on my assumptions here, I want you to know research has also proven taller people are more likely to be viewed as leaders.  Additionally they have higher salaries and are automatically given more authority in the workforce.  See? More opportunities to be grateful right there!

In all seriousness, I really want you to focus on gratitude this week because we all could go for a little more joy in our lives.  In fact, joy is contagious and has at least 3 degrees of separation! That means you, your friend, and your friend’s friend can all benefit from the simple choice to be grateful for the wonderful life you’ve been given.

So tell me: what are you grateful for?

Xo,

Christiana

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