Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

We all want to lead happier and healthier lives. Don't we? OK, I am going to speak for you here and say yes, I think we all want that for ourselves and everyone else that we love. But we often look outside ourselves, seeking things to make us happy. We see what other people have and want those things, we want bigger houses, fancier cars and nicer clothes. You have heard that saying "The grass is always greener on the other side" but you know that isn't always true. Scratch that. It is never true. You have a fantastic life. You do! Maybe you can't see it because you are too busy looking over the fence. I know because I have done the exact same thing. We all have I think but you know there are some easy things you can do to see the beauty in your life right now and in turn you will bring more happiness and blessings into your life. It is all about your attitude. You need to have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have and you will start to see more of the same appearing in you life.

Here are a few tips to help you be grateful for the blessings in your life.

1. Journal
 Writing helps you see the good things in your life. Try writing down a few things you are grateful for every week. Start keeping a journal. Once you feel comfortable doing that step it up to every day. This will help you get focused on all the great things in your life. Remember they don't have to be things. Sometimes the best things in our are lives are small, like a great sandwich for lunch, or no traffic on your drive to work, or great hair! Or they could be big things like great kids who are healthy, a loving family,  and supportive friends. Just write down and it won't take you long to see how bless your life really is.

2. Post it!
This is an extension of writing a journal. You can write your self little notes. Write down what you are grateful for on a post it note and put is on your computer, or you desk or even the bathroom mirror. Change it every day or even just every week. It will be a visual reminder of all the greatness in your life!

3. Be Thankful
I started doing this with my kids. Several times a week, usually after school in the car, we all say one thing we are grateful for that day. It helps to get them thinking about all the good things in their lives (me too) and saying it helps us all to acknowledge our blessings. We all have things that are good in our lives.

4. Touch Something
Use an object to help you remember what is truly great in your life. A long time ago, when my husband and I were dating, we used to go for walks down by the lake. On one of those walks we stopped to toss stones into the water and I kept one of those stones. I still have it. I see it every day and even touch it and I remember those days. It reminds me of what is great in my life, like my husband and children. Use and object to help you connect with happy memories or thoughts.

5. Tell Someone
We all have someone in our lives that we are grateful for, someone we couldn't live without. Well, tell them.