In one of my favorite lyrics, musician Ray Wylie Hubbard says, “The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are good days.” I think it goes without saying that gratitude is an amazing “happiness strategy”. Check out this post to read more. Expectations, on the other hand, get us in trouble. The expectations we have of ourselves and others are one of the quickest ways to get frustrated and disappointed.
I have found that we get frustrated when people don’t meet our expectations when, in reality, most of the time we haven’t even clearly communicated what our expectations are. Think about the last time you were frustrated with or disappointed in someone. Chances are, it was because your expectations weren’t met. Did you clearly communicate them?
I once had a friend who said he was never disappointed because he always kept low expectations. I think Ray Wylie Hubbard is on to something. This holiday season, don’t forget to keep your gratitude higher than your expectations.
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