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Make sure to not take for granted the many things you have that you did nothing to earn, such as life itself, the beauty of nature, the great country we live in, or the love of family and friends.
Science has gone crazy over how gratitude makes you not only a warmer person but a healthier one. There is a strong link between gratitude and three different measures of well-being: satisfaction with life, subjective happiness and positive affect.
Gratitude journals require only a pen, pad and a handful of quiet moments. You can keep them anywhere. They’re meant to be mentally refreshing, spiritually invigorating, and free of expectation or reciprocation.
I believe one of the greatest lessons in life we can learn is to be thankful for what we already have. But gratitude is something we must work at—to prepare our hearts to be reflective and thankful, to provide room for contemplation of our good fortune.
And if we want to be the kind of people who are characterized by thankfulness, by gratitude, then we must make sure that we always focus on it during the year.
It’s a simple phrase that is short and sweet. How often does it come out of your mouth? It’s kind of surprising how hard it really is to make saying thanks a “thing”—something that comes naturally, that you don’t have to put on your to-do list.
It may slip your mind, not sure how to say it, show it, or it just feels awkward. Complimenting doesn’t always come easily to everyone.
None of these excuses gets ride of people’s innate need to feel valued and appreciated.
At night before getting ready for bed, spend a few minutes thinking of all of the things that you were grateful for during that day. This is especially important when you’ve had a bad day and it seems as though there is nothing to give thanks for.
This can take work, especially when negative emotions are getting the best of you, but this is important. Maybe you closed a deal with a business associate or had a few laughs with a friend. Maybe you received a compliment. Or maybe you did something nice for someone or someone did something nice for you and it lifted your spirits. It is well worth the effort in creating an attitude of gratitude, a habit that’s conducive to making you feel good and enjoy your life.
Are you a grateful person? Thankful for the good things, big and small, in your life?
In our everyday life we often get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to be thankful for the precious gifts we are given every day.
Often if we fake our own happiness or thankfulness it will soon follow. The old adage of “power of positive thinking” is true, philosophers have always believed that where the mind goes, so goes the emotions.