Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gratitude: Important on Thanksgiving and Every Day



Having a heart filled with gratitude results in having a happy life.

When a person has an attitude of gratitude, negativism cannot slip in.  Gratitude provides a protective shield against pessimism.

When gratitude comes in, whining, complaining, and negativity go out.

We've all known people who never have a good word to say about anything or anybody. They have sad looks on their faces and will recite a long litany of why they are so miserable.  These people, sad to say, have no sense of gratitude. If they did, their misery would evaporate.

Keeping a gratitude journal  is a very good thing to do. It's an exercise in becoming aware of all the little things in life for which to be thankful.  As soon as one gratitude journal is filled, I have an empty one ready to go to replace it.

At the end of each day, try to list at least 12 things for which to be thankful.  Try not to repeat the same things each evening. You can be grateful for little things, such as sitting outside on the steps in the sun for five minutes or tasting a delicious cup of coffee. The little things definitely count.

Developing an attitude of gratitude is a good thing to do near Thanksgiving and all the days to follow.

BESIDES YOUR LOVED ONES, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR TODAY?

8 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with you - I am thankful I started a grateful journal years ago and that it changed my life.

I am grateful for family and friends. And I got this from Buttercup - my country.

And for you too Susan.

sandie♥

Susan said...

Susan, I ask my clients sometimes to start gratitude journals. It most certainly lets them see what they do have versus what they don't have.

Linda O'Connell said...

I wake everyday counting my blessings. Gratitude is my attitude too. Happy Thanksgiving, Susan.

Claus said...

being alive! isn't it a great gift to be able to wake up each morning?! It is to me :o) and I am deeply grateful to be able to experience another day in my life.
have a great day!

Dayle said...

Susan, we are true kindred spirits. I posted along these same lines today ... recalling a year when my heart needed a major adjustment. Loved this!

Adrienne said...

Susan - pink bunny and I send you a very Happy Thanksgiving...

diane stetson said...

My health, my health, my health and my health...

BECKY said...

Hi Susan! Let's see...choose just one thing to be thankful/grateful for....That I was able to witness a few snow flurries this afternoon, which always turns me into a little girl again! :)

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