Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie.
I love this quote by Melody Beattie. It speaks to the heart of gratitude. The ability to maintain a positive outlook when the world around you seems to be turning upside down is not easy, but it is possible when you shift your focus from what is lacking to what is present.
Here in Texas we have the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. They don’t last long and if you miss them – you miss them. As beautiful as a photo of the sunrise may be, it can never replace the few moments it takes to stop and watch the sun burst over the horizon.
In the press of a busy and potentially stressful day, how often do you miss, or dismiss, the beauty of nature, a kind gesture by a friend, the ability to move through the day pain-free, a warm home, food on the table, or the embrace of a loved-one? Yet, you are 100% in control of your attitude and no matter what may be taking place in your life today, it is up to you where you will place your focus.
How can you maintain an attitude of gratitude? Here are a few ideas.
Start your day by reading, watching, or listening to something positive or inspirational. If everything you are exposed to is negative, you will be negative.
Cultivate relationships with positive people. You will take on the tone of those you are around each day. While avoiding all negative people is unrealistic, it is essential that you have those in your life who are encouraging and positive.
Keep a gratitude journal. Each day record at least one thing you are grateful for – more if possible. What you focus on, increases. Those who have kept gratitude journals have found they have experienced increased joy, fewer health issues and greater ability to handle stressful situations.
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