Because today is the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States of America, I thought it a great time to revisit the expression of thankfulness – “Gratitude“.
Live your life with an attitude of gratitude and your days will be filled with joy.
There are different ways of acknowledging your gratitude. Some people keep a gratitude journal, others spend quiet time mindfully acknowledging all they are grateful for.
I personally spend 10 minutes every morning, before I get sidetracked by other things, in an “attitude of gratitude”. I sit quietly alone in a place where I know I will have 10 minutes uninterrupted. I think and thank. There are so many wonderful blessings in my life that I have every reason to be grateful for. This daily practice has made me more aware of all of the day to day things that I took for granted. It has made me a happier, more joyful person.
Acknowledging what you are grateful for every minute of your day makes you healthier, happier, and living life in the present moment. It does take thought to live your life in this state of mind. It requires a conscious effort to take notice of the good in things. When you share your gratitude with those around you it improves your quality of life and it certainly adds positive emotions to those you share it with. It really gives more meaning to your life. When you live in a positive frame of mind it helps you when faced with challenges too.
Keeping gratitude in your attitude every day makes you appreciate all that you have rather than stressing out on what you don’t have.
As has happened with me, people who model a spirit of gratitude in their day to day life are less likely to take things for granted. They are also less likely to carry around a sense of entitlement. They appreciate what they have and make the best of it. They are less likely to react to the small daily experiences such as getting stuck in a traffic jam, where many others would become agitated over such an inconvenience. Agitation and frustration come from expectations that don’t fall into place. Gratitude comes from not having any expectations and finding the joy in whatever comes into your life.
“If the only prayer you said your whole life was ‘thank you’ that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart
To fret and stress out over what we don’t possess… is wasting what we do possess.