Have you ever met someone that exudes a positive attitude?They have that special glow and you can just tell they love life. Others are drawn to them and want to be around them because of their kind-hearted spirit and their graciousness. What makes these individuals so positive? I believe it is their GRATITUDE. They are grateful for everything that happens in their life…even the not-so-good. They understand that when something isn’t going their way, it is an opportunity to reflect and make changes. How can you achieve this feeling of gratitude and make it a part of your ever day life?
A good start to being in a place of gratitude is to take time every day to seek out the things that bring you joy or comfort or make you feel grateful and write them down. Is it family, friends, your pet, your job, your home, your bed, food, clothing, your heartbeat? For someone who is homeless, it may be a warm meal and a place to sleep for the night. It doesn’t have to be something grand to be worthy of gratitude. Even in the challenging times of life, we can always find something to be grateful for. I remember when visiting India how shocked I was by the living conditions of many of the people in the country. Yet, they had such a positive attitude and were so grateful for what they had. It’s all about having a focus on gratitude!
Thanksgiving is a specific time of year in the United States where we focus on gratitude. But, why don’t we focus on this every day of the year? Life is full of challenges and the stress can often get in the way of acknowledging the things we are thankful for. I encourage you to slow down and be present with yourself throughout each day. Notice the little things – watching someone help another person, find a penny, see a beautiful flower, a smiling face. Be grateful for these things, for they are a gift.
As we approach Thanksgiving, be in tune with what you are grateful for. The more you tune in to what brings you joy, the more joy you will bring to your life and those around you. I wish you and your family many blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving. May the glow of gratitude adorn you!