When I was young, I used to think that being grateful was simply using proper manners. I believed that saying “thank you” made me a thankful and kind person. But I soon realized as I grew, even polite people were not always gracious. Gratitude is not just found from words; it's found within the heart.
I also learned how much control we have over gratitude! Unfortunately, gratitude doesn't always come naturally — that's why we must choose and practice gratitude. Of course, we want to positively impact others with a gracious attitude, but you may be asking yourself, how does gratitude influence our personal lives? Well, gratitude is proven to make people happier, less anxious, and more energized. Maybe because grateful people are more forgiving, confident, and charitable!
“Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience to feel grateful.” –Marelisa Fabrega
There are many ways to bring gratitude into our experiences. We can start as soon as our day begins!
Wake up each morning and set an intention to be thankful throughout the day. Whenever you find yourself complaining or focusing on the negative, remind yourself of life's goodness and count your blessings. It's easier said than done, but the more you do it, the more this will become a habit. Create a gratitude journal, send a “thank you” note to a friend, or spend the first five to ten minutes of your mealtime sharing words of “thanks” with your family or friends.
We created a gratitude graphic below for this month and hopefully long after. Read through it and share with a loved one so together you can navigate an attitude of gratitude this season.
“Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing, and being grateful. Make it your life commitment, and you will stand in utter awe of what happens in your life.” –Rhonda Byrne
Tell us in the comments how YOU practice gratitude!