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Having an attitude of gratitude

Updated on June 16, 2012
I'm thankful for many things, but I'm blessed to have been given the opportunity to parent my son and be a part of his life.
I'm thankful for many things, but I'm blessed to have been given the opportunity to parent my son and be a part of his life.

Ever have a bad day?

I know I have, many in fact. For years I played the victim and really felt I was entitled to so many things I didn't have. This was until I met a guy who had much less then me, materialistically speaking. This man was happy though, and half jokingly I asked whats your secret to happiness? He responded with a simple answer "gratitude."

In all honesty, I really had no idea what that word meant. The word itself is defined as the quality of being grateful or thankful, but what does that mean? I started to research what it meant to really be grateful, kind of funny I had to do that but the idea didn't come naturally.I found that being grateful was simply knowing the definition but actually changing my state of mind.



Tips on how to be more grateful

A big part of it is language, people who are grateful use certain words to express their feelings. They speak of being blessed, fortunate, or a general sense of thankfulness. Go beyond your inherent thought of how good you are, and think of what others have done for you. When you do this you really start to focus on the positive aspects of your life and how much you truly do have. A big part of gratitude is not forgetting the bad, because it stands as a base to compare how good things are now. If things aren't exceptional now, remember the good things and people that helped you get there in the past. If its difficult or doesn't come naturally to think like this keep a journal. Write a list of what you have done for others today, and what others have done for you. When you start an action plan of gratitude, a change occurs, a change of positive thinking. This positive thinking then filters into day to day activites and leads you to a happier and more thankful existence. All of this from a sense of gratitude, a word that at one time I had no idea what it meant. :)

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      Kalmiya 5 years ago from North America

      They say the universe loves a grateful heart! Here is an interesting website about gratitude and putting it forward;

      http://www.gogratitude.com/

      Thanks!

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      A great perspective! Thanks for this refreshing reminder.

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      Ionizer2012 5 years ago from Kirkland, WA

      Thank you Timetraveler, I edited my profile accordingly. I look forward to reading more of your hubs :)

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      Nicely done. Please note that hub pages is not for blogging (you mentioned in your profile that this was your first attempt at blogging). Hub Pages is a site for people who love to write. You have talent, but use it correctly! I'd like to hear more of what you have to say, so please stay here and share with us. Welcome to Hub Pages!

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      Mindy Meisel 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      It's amazing to know that we can always control our attitude. When we look for the good, that's what we find. When your grateful and count your blessings ~ we are blessed! Keep up the good work.

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      Emer Ni Bhroin 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Gratitude = abundance.

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      Ionizer2012 5 years ago from Kirkland, WA

      The best part about it, its within our reach to change. Thank you for the comment :)

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      lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

      Being grateful changes your whole outlook on life.