Build a Life of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

I hope you will take time today for Gratitude. It won’t make the tragedies of the world go away, it will simply allow you to live in peace.

Woody Allen

In the words of Woody Allen, “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.”
This philosophy is common amongst people who experience joy in their lives regardless of worldly circumstances.  It can be quite a challenge to remain positive and embrace an attitude of gratitude when faced with daily challenges or even tragedy; I won’t deny that.
Finding ways to feel grateful for what we have instead of spending precious time focused on what we don’t have and can’t bring back or undo, will always provide a more meaningful outcome.
This doesn’t mean we should stop wanting more from life. It simply means that when we experience gratitude for the things we have we feel more content. That feeling of contentment in turn energizes us and allows us to free up that energy to move toward gaining more of the things we do want in life.
Autumn Gratitude

Autumn Gratitude

Practice Gratitude

As we enter into the fall season in the United States and approach the often hectic “Holiday” season, this is a good time to practice being grateful. The grateful attitude you develop or nurture now will sustain you through the coming challenges with friends, family and co-workers that often arise at this time of the year.

  1. Say words of encouragement to yourself upon waking in the morning.
  2. Eat nutritious, well balanced meals daily to give yourself the fuel to thrive.
  3. Program words of encouragement to pop-up on your smart phone or computer throughout the day.
  4. Carry pictures with you that enhance your sense of wellbeing and contentment; physical pictures, smart phone pictures or on the computer, whichever works well for you.
  5. Say something positive to at least one person in your environment daily, even if you don’t know them; i.e. the clerk at the store or restaurant, a person passing by who appears to be stressed or sad or lonely.
  6. Look in the mirror periodically throughout the day and compliment yourself.
  7. Make a list of fun, pleasant or exciting things that occurred during the day.
  8. Read at least one humorous story or watch one humorous video online every day to give you a boost of endorphins; the feel good hormones that come with exercise and laughter.
  9. Walk a few extra steps each day, exercise, stretch in order to keep your body limber and increase those feel good hormones.
  10. Write down at least ten things every night that you were grateful for during the day and dwell on those things before bedtime instead of the worries of the world.

Be well, stay well and thrive with your Attitude of Gratitude!

Much Love,

Linda

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