Gratitude Really is an Attitude
I try to find gratitude in the everyday world and most times, I’m fairly good at it. But, like everyone, I can find myself worrying about small things and letting them cloud the good.
So, today, I’m recommitting myself to look for gratitude and goodness. I hope you will do so as well.
Steps to finding gratitude:
o If you’re having a tough day, stay in the here and now. It’s so easy to focus on all the things that have gone wrong, especially in times of struggle. When something’s not quite right in our lives, we have a tendency to remember all the other things that haven’t been right, big and small. Work hard to focus only on the current struggle.
o Focus on the things that are right in your life. It would be a rare life that has nothing positive. Write them down, over and over, if necessary. Keep the list where you can see it! Review it every time you want to wallow in the negative.
o Keep photos of your loved ones everywhere: home, office, wallet, etc. When you can see those you love, it’s hard to avoid gratitude. If they are happy and healthy, you have so much to be grateful for; the other less positive things will take a back seat.
o Share the positives with others. If you make a point of telling others what’s going well in our life, you will be more apt to focus on this. And, as a side effect, others will certainly enjoy your company more than if you are continually complaining. Both negative and positive are contagious. Choose to spread the positive!
o Smile! It’s been said that if you smile a lot, people will wonder what you’ve been up to. It will also send a message to others and to yourself that you have things in your life to smile about. This is gratitude! And Laugh alot. Because when you laugh it gives you gratitude and makes you happy more and that’s also contagious. So, stay positive and happy with gratitude.