Having an attitude of gratitude
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. :)