20 Sep Attitude of Gratitude!
No doubt you’ve heard about gratitude and being grateful but it’s a whole movement, so what does it actually mean?
An attitude of gratitude is making it habit to be thankful and to appreciate even the smallest parts of your life.
Simply put by New York Times best selling author Lewis Howes.
“If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”
What a great summary of gratitude!
The key is making it a habit until it just becomes natural to you, here are some pointers to get you started:
- Make the decision to have an attitude of gratitude. If you start feeling like you’re straying off, just think “attitude of gratitude”.
- Keep a notebook in a handy spot or even make a folder in your notes on your phone
- Try sharing things that you are grateful for with your partner, friend or family. Maybe start a WhatsApp group with friends of yours who are keen on adopting an attitude of gratitude. Here everyone could share their top three things that are grateful for when they feel like sharing.
- Another fun idea, is to write on little bits of paper things that make you happy, a good memory, a song that you enjoy, things that you are grateful and pop them into an empty jar or container, decorate it as you wish. Then, when you feel like you need a little “pick me up” open your jar and take out a little note to help perk you up.*A beautifully decorated jar with quote notes, or other sentimental writings would make a lovely gift for someone special.
- Compliment someone (genuinely), smile, say thank you, let someone in, in the traffic. All these small things add up and make you genuinely happier.
Being grateful over time has shown a decrease in stress, a more positive outlook and reduced levels of inflammation!
There are always going to be moments when you are happy, sad, angry, frustrated and it’s good to accept emotions as they come but try to remember all the good in your life and once you’ve adjusted your way of thinking, it’s easier to do but it does take time and practice.
Even if you only do one of the above things, even simply just thinking “attitude of gratitude” is enough by just being conscious of your thinking.
We’ll leave you with this beautiful quote:
“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer