An Attitude of Gratitude will turn your life around
Gratitude is not just one of the most powerful forces in the Universe, it is the second most powerful force in the Universe (Love is the most powerful). When I say gratitude, I don’t mean saying thank you to someone who opens a door for you although that is important; I am talking about deep gratitude.
What does deep gratitude mean?
Deep gratitude is thanking yourself for all the work you have done so far instead of criticizing yourself for not being where you thought you would be. Deep gratitude is giving thanks for drinking water when you have no food to eat. Deep gratitude is finding things to be grateful for no matter what is going on around you and in you.
Gratitude is a way to remain positive especially in trying times and to remain in a calm state of mind; we need a calm state of mind to make decisions in moments of crisis. To complain and fuss about the negativity in your life is to bring more negativity but to give thanks for the good that exists in spite of the bad is to expand the good until it overcomes the bad.
Below are ten quotes on gratitude.
1. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. – Anonymous
2. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others – Marcus Tullius Cicero
3. Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things. – Rhonda Byrne
4. When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson
5. Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. – Buddha
6. In all things give thanks. – Bible
7. There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. – Ralph H. Blum
8. The root of joy is gratefulness. – David Steindl-Rast
9. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus
10. 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
The art of giving thanks in trying times is one of the most difficult things you may ever have to do in your life but when you have developed the habit of giving thanks no matter what; you will notice that there will be a shift in your personality and the way you react to things especially problems. The best way to learn to start giving thanks in your daily life is by having a gratitude journal.
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Get a book, one that you can use as a journal, and every day, no matter how bad your day was write down at least five things that you are grateful for that day. You are allowed to be grateful for anything; you can be grateful for the air that you breathe, the water that you drink or the one in the shower, you can be grateful that you have a job or that you are healthy enough to work. And if you are not healthy, you can be grateful that you have access to health care or that you are still alive with the illness; let inspiration lead you.
It may be difficult at first to find things to be grateful for but as the days go by it will become easier and soon you will find yourself being grateful without thinking about it too much.
I always say this, do not be hard on yourself; if you miss a day or a few days, just take your journal and continue from where you stopped. This is a process, you are doing this for yourself and no one else; so take it easy and be kind to yourself. Life is already hard on you.
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