"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude" - A.A Milne
There is always something to be grateful for. A bright sunny day, people who love you, food to eat and most importantly, a life you can do anything with! Gratitude is rejoicing in what is. It is the realization that even in your worst times, there is so much you're blessed with.
Being thankful when things are good is easy, but when the going gets tough, being grateful gets tougher. At such times, make a conscious effort to stay positive. Being grateful is a choice. We need to create feelings of gratitude by deliberately counting our blessings. Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us happy.
Your mind is powerful and your thoughts a form of energy. You receive what you send out into the Universe as thoughts. So when you're feeling lost, think happy thoughts and give thanks to the Universe for the little things it bestows on you instead of feeling dejected. The Universe will return the love.
Having said that, being grateful does not mean feigning positivity. It is not the absence of pain. Crying is okay, ranting is okay. We experience a myriad of emotions. Practicing gratitude teaches you to have faith even in the face of adversity. It helps you cultivate enough strength to understand that difficulties help you grow. Instead of getting bogged down by your emotions, it pushes you to focus on all the great things you're blessed with.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” — Norman Vincent Peele
Wake up to an inspirational sign that will remind you to stay grateful. Decorating your home with wooden motivational signs will bring a positive vibe to your environment.
Write down 5 things you are grateful for each day. This exercise will force you to slow down and notice what's around you. And when you look for them, you will always find things to be grateful for. Maintain this gratitude journal daily and see how it transforms your life. Begin the day with this gratitude exercise or end your day with it. Build a habit of counting your blessings.
Start the year with an empty jar. Each week, write a note of a good thing that happened and fill the jar with it. At the end of the year, you will have a huge jar filled with happy memories!
Thank people. Let your loved ones know you love them. Make an effort to spend more time with them and don't take people for granted.
Here's hoping you end this year with a grateful heart and begin new year on a positive note. I hope you take a moment to sprinkle some gratitude in your life, even if it’s just for 5 minutes and let us know how much your life has changed for the better!
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