If you read my last blog, The Ultimate Gift, there was probably at least one thing you picked out that is of interest to you. Mine is gratitude.
In those times when we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing.
We can lift ourselves up, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.
But how do you break old patterns and form new habits? It’s not easy but gratitude is a habit you should start today! This is what I did when I was in the throes of deep depression and still do today:
- As soon as I get up, I construct a list in my mind, ten things I have to do that day and why I’m grateful. (Some people like keeping a notebook.) It can be as simple as;
- I am grateful I woke up today! It’s better than the alternative.
- I am grateful for the gift of breath. (I have a friend who has severe COPD and can’t breathe without oxygen.)
- I am grateful for my life and everything surrounding me.
- I’m glad I can volunteer at my church, which helps them be more productive.
- Before bedtime, I think of all the things that happened during the day and create a gratitude list for that. I try to “flip” the negatives into a positive, being more specific than I am in the morning.
- Thank you, Lord, that I didn’t get involved in the accident which happened right in front of me.
- I am thankful that my job was productive and fulfilling today.
Take the 30-Day Challenge
By continuing to do this for 30 days, you will learn how to live a joyful life. Now, I can’t stop because it has changed my life from depression to happiness. If you knew me before, you would know the transformation has been remarkable!
By all means, don’t keep it to yourself! When you see people struggling, share with them this simple secret. I’ve learned it helps in all types of circumstances. And, above all, leave a legacy. Teach your children how to be grateful. There is nothing more beautiful than happy kids!
Ultimately, living gratefully is about more than simply appreciating what you have; it’s about delighting in the opportunity to give to others. True gratitude ignites compassion and love.
God Bless Us All!