It can be really difficult to think of things you are grateful for when everything in your life seems to be going wrong. Countless studies show that for many people, finding a bit of thankfulness each day can actually increase happiness levels and decrease depression. By developing an Attitude of Gratitude, we can feel more fulfilled and joyful each day.
An Attitude of Gratitude is a regular habit to express appreciation for all different parts of life, no matter how small.
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.
So how do we develop an Attitude of Gratitude?
- Count Your Blessings: Make a list of all the ways you are blessed. Don't just think about the blessings in your head, actually write and count them. Start with the big things and work towards smaller things.
- A-B-C List: If you are struggling to think of things you are thankful for use the alphabet as a guide. Go down each letter and come up with a blessing for each one.
- A- animals
- B- bed
- C- chocolate
- Y- your youth (your whole life is ahead of you!)
- Z- zoo
- Three Things: Think of three things you are grateful for each day. You might choose something that is a constant in your life, something specific to that day, or something as simple as the sun shining that day.
- Gratitude Journal: Start a journal to keep track of all the things you are grateful for. During tough times, go back and read through your previous entries and focus on the blessings you indeed have.
- Be Grateful for Yourself: Take the time to recognize all the unique things that make you you! Think of the things you have accomplished (big or small), your talents, and people who you may have helped because you stayed true to yourself. Once you can appreciate yourself, your ability to see things more positively will grow.
When we train ourselves to look at life through the lens of gratitude rather than disappointment, we find ourselves happier and more at peace. There is so much to be grateful for if we just learn to look for it.
When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.