What are you grateful for today?
75 years had gone by, since Antoine de Saint-Exupery departed. However, his quote, “The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them” has had a whale of impact in the lives of people back then and resonates till today.
My late grandmother was also one of the most iconic sages I ever met. She used to say, “Be grateful so that you will not become a great fool. If you want joy, being joyful for what you already have” Indeed, a meaningful life is a life of contentment and appreciation. These two words go hand in hand; after all, no contentment—no gratitude and via versa.
It is no longer news that having the right attitude is important to our health and well-being. Showing gratitude is equally important as discussed in the previous post. The reason for writing this article series on ‘gratitude of gratitude’ is not in the establishment of our ability to express a golden pleasantness of wisdom. Instead, it’s to inspire you to practice attitude of graduate and to live a happier life. One of the initial step toward a happier life is an attitude of gratitude.
Here’s another popular quote as noted by Amy Collette, “Gratitude is a powerful tool for happiness; it is the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” From this quote, Amy makes a point unequivocally clear; an attitude of gratitude makes us a happier person.
Happiness is generally a quality that is developed. It begins in the mind; and our decision to practice attitude of gratitude.
So, if you want to enjoy a happier life, start by being grateful. Here are two powerful ways to get started…
1. Tell yourself what you are grateful for each day
Tell yourself, say it loud and clear, the things you are grateful for. This might somehow sound like a ridiculous idea, but just try it out please. When you affirm your blessings, they are magnified. You open yourself to receive more.
We all know what we are grateful for, we may have abandoned our blessings in the dusty shelves of our subconscious minds. It’s high time for you and I to count our blessings each day. Make gratitude part of your daily prayers, meditations and affirmations. As you continue to practice gratitude, being thankful will eventually be a part of you, a part you’ll spontaneously exhibit; and you’ll be happier for it. “Count your blessings every day, name them one by one, and you’ll soon have more than enough to be grateful for.” —James Justin
“The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy; and the key to our joy is to be grateful” says Brother David Steindl-Rast. Watch his popular TED-Talk below…
2. Tell your loved ones what you like about them
Have you ever wondered why the most lauded persons are the dead? It’s because many, so many have failed to express their gratitude to the deceased while alive. They feel guilty; and they feel that the funeral is the last time they’ll get the chance to rectify their lack of gratitude. Sometimes, being ungrateful is not in our feelings, it is in our actions.
Most of us actually want to appreciate our loved ones. Somehow, we keep on procrastinating until it is too late.
Why wait until it’s too late, start loving and appreciate your loved ones today! Express yourself today, tell him you care, and tell her you notice her efforts. You will not just be making the recipients of your gratitude; you will also be helping yourself become a happier person.
What are you grateful for today?
“I’m grateful for being alive this morning!”
Make a gratitude list and affirm it throughout the day.
This exercise will empower you to face each day with more confidence and joy.
Practicing attitude of gratitude is a major step toward a happier you. So, join me in the journey of being grateful every day!
As you continue to practice this virtue and pursue your goals, your life will be transformed!
Stay tuned for more on the benefits of practicing attitude of gratitude!
Until next time, think BIG, take a BOLD step toward your goals and ENJOY every day!
To a happier you!