The Amazing Power of Gratitude
Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite time of the year because it is a reminder of everything I have to be grateful for. As I sit and write, it is an unseasonably warm November day. I am sitting outside on the deck with my Labrador puppy lying on my bare feet. I get to work from home and on my own schedule and am available for my family. This has always been a dream of mine, and now it’s my reality. I never take it for granted and am grateful every day that I get to do work I love.
Gratitude is powerful! In fact, it is the key to lifelong success. Practicing gratitude keeps you aware of what is good in your life. When you notice and enjoy what’s good in your life, you stay open to and actually seek out more successes. The more grateful you are, the more successful you are. Gratitude has other benefits also. People who are grateful are more energetic, healthier, and happier.
Sometimes it is difficult to practice gratitude when we are going through a difficult time, but those are the times when we need to practice it the most. By acknowledging what we are grateful for in those situations, we can feel more optimistic, hopeful, and increase our sense of well-being. Gratitude takes practice, however. It is like working a muscle. The more it is used, the stronger it becomes.
Here are some ways you can start practicing gratitude today.
Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write down five things you experienced in the day that you are grateful for. They can be simple as your child’s smile or a warm bath. As you remember it and write it down, enjoy the feeling you had as you experienced it.
Look for the good in a situation, not the bad. It is all a matter of perspective and what you choose to focus on. Perhaps you had a bad day at work, but you are home now and feel grateful that you are getting a paycheck. Or you had poor service at a restaurant, but you still enjoyed a night out with your spouse and did not have to cook dinner.
Express your gratitude to people in your life. Let people in your life know how much they mean to you. Share your feelings with them, and don’t take them for granted.
Practice gratitude with your loved ones. At dinnertime, you may ask your family to express one thing they are grateful for. (This is done in my family every Thanksgiving Day, but doing it daily sounds like an even better idea). If you hear a friend complaining about something, invite them to consider the silver lining in the situation.
Practicing gratitude every day, not just on Thanksgiving, can keep you open to all the good in your life, and make the way for more good. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Practicing gratitude every day can keep you open to all the good in your life, and make the way for more good.