What’s the first thing you say to yourself when you wake up in the morning? When I wake up, I say, “Thank you, God, for this beautiful day!” This very simple, albeit powerful, sentence puts you in a very positive frame of mind.
So, how do you create a habit of being grateful everyday?
Keep a gratitude journal. When I was in college I kept a journal in which I wrote down five things that I was grateful for every day. I stopped writing down what I am grateful for, but as I go throughout my day, I take mental note of the things that I do have that many people in this world do not have.
When you start to feel down and out about life or your work, stop, take a deep breath and look around. I’m sure you can find one thing to be thankful for. Maybe you could be thankful for the computer you’re working on or that snack you so easily purchased in the vending machine.
Even when you’re faced with huge obstacles or something tragic has happened in your life, it’s important to be grateful for the lessons that come from these events because without them, we can’t learn and grow.
"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. "-- Margaret Cousins
Other blogs that offer advice or information on being grateful:
A Better You Blog
Attitude of Gratitude
Why Gratitude is the Key to Getting Anything You Want
Gratitude, Vibration, Attraction and Success
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