Every now and then, we all experience a measure of let-downs, regrets and uncertainty, and things don't always go the way that we planned. Yet, one of the things that can keep you content in spite what’s going on is having an attitude of gratitude. Regardless of what a person is currently facing, being grateful can change a person’s whole stance on life.
Having gratitude is also an indicator of humility and keeps appreciation in your heart. Often times, it can be the simplest things in life that remind us that we have a lot to be grateful for.
Some rewarding benefits to practicing gratitude are as follows:
- Encourages generosity
- Makes you a more positive person
- Prevents extra anxiety or stress
Here are some ways to make practicing gratitude a regular habit.
Practice Gratitude by Complaining Less
The less you complain, the more you will see that things are not as bad as they appear or could actually be worse. Even if a situation is really bad, complaining doesn't make things better. All it really does is magnify the disappointment.
Gratitude, on the other hand (like hope), brings strength to the person going through. Contentment and joy is not too hard to find when you have mastered the art of spotting out something to call good.
When you do feel the urge to complain, try the following:
- Think about one factor (or factors) that is preventing your situation from being worse than what it is. Be thankful.
- Think about the very last thing that made you smile or laugh. Be appreciative.
- Think about what you have instead of what you don't have. Be grateful.
- Consider those who may not be as fortunate as you are but still call their lives blessed. Be humbled.
Say Thank You to Express Gratitude
Two simple words...Thank you. It will warm someone's heart and make you feel good as well.
Make it a habit to verbally tell others thanks when you are a recipient of kind words or a nice gesture. When something really touches your heart, go a step further and do something nice for the person as a way to show appreciation, such as sending a thank you card or an appropriate gift.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal is one way to keep record as you count your blessings. It could be something you do everyday as a regular routine. Or, you could just take out the book whenever you feel inspired to do so.
Try putting the journal on the side of your bed. Then write about whatever sparks your gratitude, even if you have to take a moment to reflect on it. You can do this all before your feet touch the floor in the morning. It can be a part of your morning devotion as you tell God what you are thankful for.
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