If you were given a choice between gratitude and complaining, which would you choose? I’m sure you say you would chose gratitude – but would you really? Be honest with yourself; when things go wrong, do you stop and appreciate the things that are going right, or do you complain about what’s wrong? Too often, we instinctively choose the latter. Today, we choose to do better.
To live in gratitude is a choice. We can choose to recognize and appreciate the goodness in our lives, or ignore it and live in a constant state of need.
To be grateful is to be content and complete. Just think, someone else is happy with less than you have, why can’t you be happy with more? You can be, but you must choose to be.
Today, I am choosing to be grateful and I invite you to join me on this journey.
Here’s my 5 Point Gratitude Plan. Let’s do this!
5 Point Gratitude Plan
1. Say “thank you.” It really is a magic word.
So often we reflexively say thank you to people who do small tasks for us, but fail to truly thank those who do major things for us. In addition to our casual “thank you,” take time to really give thanks to your spouse, friends, children and/or co-workers. You will be surprised at how you will have reason to say “thank you” even more.
2. Change your attitude.
Sometimes, it not what you see, it’s how you look at it; or think of f it this way: “You don’t have to do this. You get to this.” So, when you are wrestling with kids, trying to get them out of the door in the morning, instead of thinking “Everyday, I have to drag these kids out the house,” think instead, “Everyday, I get to see my kids as they start their day.” There are plenty of people who would love to have your troubles. Focus on what is, rather than what isn’t.
3. Appreciate the abundance in your life.
We all live in abundance – we have become so accustomed to it that we take it for granted. Truth is, we don’t know how abundantly we CAN live! Gratitude is a key to unlock the fullness of our lives – we simply have to use the key. Start being grateful – truly grateful – for the breath you just took, for the eyes that were able to read these words, for the dinner you were able to put on the table, for a safe and loving environment. Stop comparing yourself to those who seem to have more than you. Comparison is the thief of joy.
4. Build gratitude into your daily routine.
Everyday, before your feet touch the floor, say “thank you” and think about the things that bring you happiness. Make an effort to fully appreciate and be grateful for every experience – even the bad ones. (They make us stronger.) Start a gratitude journal to remind you of all the great things you have and/or experience. If starting a journal seems difficult, try these gratitude prompts.
5. Make your gratitude infectious.
It’s so easy to fall into the complaining trap, but if you never get out, you’ll never be happy. So when your girlfriends gather, instead of complaining about husbands, boyfriends, kids and jobs, talk about the joy those things bring you. Or try this: Once a week at the dinner table, have a gratitude roundtable. It might be awkward at first, but it will get easier. Inhale love and exhale gratitude.
And…… if nothing else convinces you to be grateful, perhaps this will.
Today, Make Your Attitude One Of Gratitude.
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