Simple Tips to Become a Grateful Person

Have you been thinking about what it takes to live a joyful life? The fact is, difficulties happen in our lives. So how can we stay positive despite all those difficulties?
An important key, I believe, is being grateful. If you are grateful, you will see the world differently. You will see that there are good things behind everything that happens. You will realize that your life is wonderful, and you will be joyful.To help you become a grateful person, here are some simple tips:1. Realize how rich you are
Often we think that we need more and more money. This, probably, is one of the main reasons that makes us difficult to be grateful. But do you realize how rich you are now? Just go to Global Rich List, enter your annual income, and see the result. Chance is, you are richer than billions of other people in the world. 2. Realize what a healthy and prosperous life you have
In most of the human history, life expectancy was only 20-35 years. And most of those years were spent in diseases, poverty, and misery. Only in the last century had human life expectancy increased significantly to the current world average of 67 years. 
Not only that, your standard of living today is much, much higher than almost all people in the history of the world. For example, even kings in the past could not match the convenience you have in traveling today!
It is estimated that there are 106 billions people who have ever been born on earth, with more than 6 billions are living today. Combined with your answer in point 1, it's safe to say that you are in the top 1% of the healthiest and most prosperous people ever born.3. Realize what a blessing it is to live in peace
No matter how rich and healthy you are, life will be full of fear and misery in time of war. Can you imagine being in the midst of a city bombarded with bombs? It's a nightmare. Living in peace is a great blessing which by itself deserves your sincerest gratitude.4. Open your eyes to see the good things in your life
We tend to see the bad things that happen in our lives but overlook the good things. That's sad. Open your eyes and be observant of the good things. Even small things matter. If someone calls you a friend, that's something to be grateful for. If a child smiles to you, that should remind you that hope is always here in this world.5. Understand that there are positive things behind all the bad things that happen
This might be difficult for some people, but I firmly believe in it. At the very least, bad things give you valuable lessons you should be grateful for. When you have this mindset, it's not difficult to see the good things you could get out of something bad. This way you will always have a reason to be grateful.6. Gather with positive people
You will be like the people you gather with. It's hard for you to be grateful if the people you meet all day long are negative people. So surround yourself with positive people and it will be much easier for you to be a grateful person.7. Focus on giving
You will be grateful if your mind focuses on what you have rather than what you don't have. By giving, your mind will focus on what you have rather than what you don't (you can't give something you don't have, can you?).8. Decide to be a grateful person
The above tips can help you become a grateful person, but eventually it's up to you to decide whether you want to be one. So make the decision to be a grateful person.