Friday November 22, 2019
It’s our nature to be grateful for a multitude of reasons during the holiday season. We get to see family and friends that perhaps that we haven’t seen for a while. There is fine food, great conversation, catching up on the year’s activities and an exchange of presents. Everyone is in a jolly mood. These are events that bring out our gratitude for just being alive. What if every day could be like that?
Forming a conscious habit of sincere gratitude helps us appreciate what we have and what others do for us. This simple step could make the difference between a positive attitude and a negative one. Who wouldn’t want to view the world as a positive place to be?
There are ways each of us can make adjustments to our thinking that can lead to not only a happier existence but also a healthier one. Here are some simple but powerful ways to form the habit of gratitude:
- Thank people you deal with often, such as the cashier at the grocery store. Thank the bagger, too.
- When you receive a gift, no matter how small, send a brief, hand-written thank you note.
- “Thank you” should be said often throughout the day.
- Keep a gratitude log. Every night, sit down and write down in your log one to three things you are grateful for that happened on that day.
If you practice these tips, you will be forming a habit of gratitude and will learn one of life’s most valuable lessons.
Feeling and expressing gratitude certainly makes the moment more satisfying. Think about the last time you sincerely thanked someone or how you felt when something you did was received with a heartfelt show of gratitude. The glow from these events tends to be relived over and over. The feeling of gratitude is not a fleeting one; it lives with you for a long time.
By writing down things that happen to you and actively acknowledging those who have helped you, it becomes easier to recognize the good in life, which perpetuates your gratitude and happiness. This feeling is contagious, and others may even help spread it around.
As Lao Tzu, the Father of Taoism, so wisely said, “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Forming a habit of gratitude will reveal to you how little you lack and will give you more control over your life.
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