A Gratitude Attitude
Thank you! Those are 2 of my favorite words (my favorite one word is smile). How many times have you said them today?
If someone has shown you compassion and kindness, thank them. Of course, you can wait; take that person to lunch 'sometime next week,' but how about a quick text or e-mail this afternoon telling them how much you appreciate the kindness? How about saying thank you to the person that held the door open for you, or a mom on the playground that always lends a helping hand.
To show gratitude is to share gratitude. It's a means to allow those around us to share in our joy. Even something as simple as acknowledging your accomplishments. Instead of comparing yourself to others, give yourself credit for the big and small things you have been doing! Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring/helping/supporting you. Turn to whomever you are with right now and tell them the first thing you're grateful for that they've brought into your life. You'll notice their smile and you'll both share in that joy together.
When I was a broke single mom, just learning about these things, I got into the habit of sending little love messages to people. A text, a handwritten letter and they would be as simple as: “sending you love and blessings today.” The response was AMAZING. Some people thought it was weird and awkward and then others would respond in pure appreciation!
So, what does a gratitude attitude look like? Start by keeping a gratitude journal. Keeping one myself is what inspired me to write my book, 31 Days of Gratitude. When you see these daily affirmations that you've written yourself, you hold yourself accountable for the things you're thankful for. It could be "I am grateful that I get to write because it helps me process my thoughts" or something like "I am grateful for this extra guacamole because it satisfied me so completely." Or you don’t even need a reason! It could be as simple as “I am grateful I am alive!” or “I am grateful for breath, I am grateful for hope, I am grateful for strength…”
I've dedicated my life and my passion to the gratitude attitude. I am more mindful of how often I offer my sincerest thanks even in the face of the most difficult of hurdles. I see them all as one giant step to becoming a better version of who I was. As time goes on, you too will discover what so many of my students have learned...that action gives life to ideas, and when we start to look for ways to show our gratitude, we will find more and more each day to be grateful for.
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