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Practicing gratitude

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Dec 11, 2014 10:20:00 AM

iStock 000014262915Large resized 600“A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.”  – Bruce Wilkinson

When you hear that little voice in your head comparing your life to others lives and whining about what you don’t have and how “it’s not fair”, you may need to take a moment and take stock. Gratitude is the practice of acknowledging the good in your life.

Being grateful puts you in a self-supportive mood, one of self-love and nurturing. This calm can help drown out the voices of self-criticism that plague many of us. So what if you couldn’t get to the gym? Try to walk more throughout the day and bump up your activities of daily living. Be grateful you have a body that works well enough to do this in the first place. There is that gratitude again.

Simple steps to practice gratitude:

  1. Focus on what is right in your life. Quit obsessing about what you think is wrong,
  2. Say one thing that you are grateful for at each meal time. Get others to do the same. 
  3. Tell people “Thank you.” It makes you feel terrific as well.
  4. Watch out for comparison, jealousy, and envy.  Be grateful for your own unique talents and strengths.
  5. Find the lesson when challenges hit. Be grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn something new and to grow from that challenge

Research has found that gratitude can have a direct impact on both emotional and physical health.  One of the easiest ways to practice gratitude is to keep a journal. You can write every day or just a few days or times in a week. Look for good things that happened that day. Look also for the non-obvious things/people for which to be grateful. Review your journal at times and reflect on your good life.

More gratitude quotations:

“If you want to feel rich, just count all the things that money can’t buy.”

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
-- Oprah Winfrey

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”  ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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