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Be Thankful, Not Sorry: Everything Is Not Your Fault

August 3, 2016 Arley Hoskin, CMPS

If you have a habit of saying 'I'm sorry,' try saying "thank you" instead. The shift toward thankfulness will boost your happiness. Read this.

I learned many years ago that it is almost always better to be thankful rather than sorry. I used to say, "I'm sorry" anytime something went wrong. I said it habitually—even when I did nothing wrong. I simply over-apologized when I had no reason to be sorry. One day, I decided to say something different. I decided to be thankful and not sorry.


I began saying, "thank you" anytime I felt the urge to say, "I'm sorry." I found that there was always someone to thank—someone who helped me out in my time of need or provided comfort when I felt down.

Being Thankful and Not Sorry Helps You

If you have a habit of saying 'I'm sorry,' try saying "thank you" instead. The shift toward thankfulness will boost your happiness. Read this.You Will Find Joy

Turning my mind toward gratitude almost instantly makes me feel happier. Numerous studies show that gratitude can boost your wellbeing. For me, saying, "thank you" instead of, "I'm sorry" shifts my mind away from whatever I'm upset about and focuses it on the things for which I'm thankful. This exercise helps me find joy.

You Will Focus on Others

Being thankful instead of sorry also takes the focus away from my internal conflicts and shifts it towards the people I appreciate. Depression and anxiety can cause us to be self-centered. This exercise fights that tendency.

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APA Reference
Hoskin, A. (2016, August 3). Be Thankful, Not Sorry: Everything Is Not Your Fault, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, June 5 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingablissfullife/2016/08/be-thankful-not-sorry



Author: Arley Hoskin, CMPS

Marianela
August, 9 2016 at 3:17 am

Love your post =) Always think life is far better than you deserve and being grateful is a discipline.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

August, 9 2016 at 9:41 am

It is a discipline! I've found that it's similar to exercise. The more I'm grateful the more results I see in my spirit.

JohnT
August, 3 2016 at 10:19 pm

Gratitude definitely helps. You must be thankful. It can always get worse. Most of us are much luckier than we realize.

Wendy Love
August, 3 2016 at 11:15 am

Thanks for the reminder. I kind of knew this about thankfulness but today I needed the reminder. I am going to start a list right now and keep adding to it as I think of stuff to be thankful for. It will surely help lift this low mood I am in right now.

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