Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to have a sunny, optimistic outlook on life? No matter what is happening, they always appear to be pleasant and positive.
What is their secret for maintaining such a positive perspective, especially when life delivers a bowl of lemons? How do they manage to turn their lemons into refreshing lemonade, when all that you can squeeze out is a sour pucker?
A positive attitude towards life is rooted in a thankful heart.
Choose your thoughts. What you choose to think about and meditate on, you magnify. Start each day by reading something motivational and inspirational. Two of my favorites are the Bible and the Woman’s Advantage Calendar quote-of-the-day. I also listen to uplifting music, spend time in prayer, and meditate on all that is good, possible, and healing.
Think about all the things you have to be thankful for today.
Choose your words. Your words will reveal what is in your heart; that is why it is so important to make sure your thoughts are focused on good things. Pause and think before you speak. Ask yourself if what you are going to say is beneficial, uplifting, and useful. Too often, we get in the habit of simply complaining. We complain about the traffic, the price of things, rude people, lack of time, too much work—and the list goes on and on…
Speak words of gratitude. Look for opportunities to say “thank you” to others throughout the day.
Choose your actions. Gratitude is expressed through your actions. A thankful heart overflows with gratitude and blesses others. Out of your abundance, you generously give. It may be a smile, a word of encouragement, or a patient pause as someone takes a bit too long in the grocery line.
Look for ways to thank those in your family, at work, and in your community.
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