AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
By: Cindy Feeman
I love Thanksgiving! It causes me to think about all the special things and people in my life and expressing gratitude for them. If you are like me, you wish this feeling could last all year long (and it really should). Just imagine feeling proud, thankful, and joyful on a regular basis, not just during the Holidays.
How can we keep an Attitude of Gratitude? We need to make it a habit to express thankfulness ans appreciation in all areas of our life, on a regular basis, for both big and small things, alike.
Author Lewis Howe stated in his book, "Attitude of Gratitude", that "life is better if we developed an attitude of gratitude". He also stated, "if we concentrate on what we have, we will always have more. If we concentrate on what on what we don't have we will never have enough". It is a tough mindset to always have a grateful attitude. Here is a menu of tactic he endorses to help develop this mindset. Just pick a few.
1. Wake up everyday and express to yourself and to God what you are grateful for.
2. Tell whoever you are with at the end of the day 3 things you are thankful for.
3. Tell someone you're with during the day 3 things you're thankful for at that moment.
4. Read God's word and His promises.
5. Start a gratitude journal... noting things you are thankful for that day.
6. Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished this week instead of comparing yourself to others.
7. Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring, helping or supporting you.
Each day won't be perfect, but focusing on what we are grateful for tends to wash away feelings of anger and negativity. In addition to improving your mood, recent studies show that feelings and expressing gratitude leads to better physical health as well.
So try adapting some of these tactics above into an overall mindset. It may take a little work, but having an attitude of gratitude is one of the most impact habits for a fulfilling and healthy life.
Here's to Thanksgiving all year round!