Expect nothing and appreciate everything.
Expectations can leave us feeling hollow and disappointed. These assumptions are often ones we place upon others as well as ourselves and when they aren’t met, we tend to reflect negatively.
But when we turn our thoughts to gratitude, we are never left disheartened. At its core, gratitude stems from joy and thankfulness. When we are thankful, we can’t be disappointed. In gratitude, we find abundance, optimism, and happiness, where expectations can leave us lacking.
Not to say that we can’t strive for things, work towards goals, or take advantage of opportunities. But when we appreciate rather than expect, that’s where the secret lies.