Keep a green bough in your heart? In case you’re wondering about the title, I’m referring to the Chinese proverb: If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
This is one proverb I’ve always loved. Though I don’t quite know what exactly the Chinese mean by it, my understanding is that if you create the right ‘atmosphere’ in your heart, you can enjoy much happiness.
The other day an anonymous comment on this blog said: “Hey Corinne, how do you stay so positive and happy?” I’m glad I seem to radiate that – it’s something I’ve been working on for a while. I’d like to answer that question by saying that the secret to happiness is GRATITUDE – the best ‘green bough’ you can cultivate.
Zig Ziglar says: “Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.” How true! Over the last few years, I’ve learnt to be grateful for the abundance I enjoy. I’ve started cultivating a habit of constantly giving thanks to God for the wonderful life I have. I thank Him for specific blessings and for life in general.
More recently, I’m learning to be grateful even when things don’t go according to plan, because my plans are not always for the best! So when I’m feeling low about something, I stop and start to focus on being grateful and my mood lifts. When our hearts our full of gratitude there’s not much room for anger, resentment or self-pity. As Sarah Breathnach so beautifully says: “When we choose not to focus on what’s missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present… we experience heaven on earth.”
I’m convinced that when we are grateful our blessings seem to multiply as we unconsciously attract more abundance in to our life.
So keep the green bough of gratitude in your heart and soon your heart will be singing!