Nov - Dec 2016

Give the Gift of Gratitude

By Pamela Shenk, CHt

 

Is there a surefire way to attract positive things into your life? Yes, there is. And if you do this one small thing every day it has the power to change your life—almost like magic. This in turn, may impact those around you in a positive way.

 

What is this one thing? It’s simple: Show your gratitude for the life you have today. This may be your best holiday gift to yourself and others.

 

What is Gratitude

Thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

 

Why Should I have to Be Grateful

Well, if you focus on gratitude, it leaves very little time to be annoyed at the ‘small stuff’ in life that can take your focus off of the big picture. Gratitude can make you feel better about your family, friends, and even people you don’t know yet, but may meet in the future. If you’ve had a bad day at work and begin thinking of all you’re grateful for, it’s very difficult to be upset over the day. You are able to put things in a larger perspective.

 

Suppose, for instance, that your child scratched your new hard wood floors with a toy. Instead of focusing on the scratch, focus on how grateful you are for your child and the new floors. Soon, you’ll realize that it’s no big deal. You can buy something that will wipe out the scratch.

 

Gratitude helps people to stay centered and appreciate everything life has to offer--especially the little things. Perhaps someone is kind enough to open the car door for you today. Or possibly you help someone with directions. You may think nothing of it at the time, but it could change someone else’s day. Who knows, you may be in line one day at the coffee shop and the person ahead of you buys your coffee.

 

How to Begin to Practice Gratitude

Journaling is an excellent way to practice gratitude. You may already have a gratitude journal and write in it every day. If you don’t have one, you can start your journal by writing about something that you’re appreciative of in life for a few minutes every day. Some people like to list 10 things each day they are grateful for and others just keep writing until they run out of thoughts. The method you use really isn’t that important. What really matters is that by acknowledging what you are grateful for, you attract positive things into your life. Ideally, daily gratitude is wonderful, but sometimes you might miss a day. That too is okay.

 

Each and every day there are so many things to be grateful for. By taking time to focus on these gifts in life, rather than the negative thoughts that try to creep into your mind, your life and those around you, may become much easier, happier and more fulfilling.

 

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