Gratitude is the best gift you can give yourself, your family and your friends. Love, forgiveness, support – yes, they all can improve your life, but having an attitude of gratitude can change everything. Simply by looking around and finding the gifts of the day can change your thinking and your life from one of negativity and depression, to one of optimism and hope. It can do wonders for your natural health and your natural beauty.
How many times in just one single day does someone do something for you deserving the simple words, “Thank You?” Start to pay attention today and I guarantee you will be amazed and delighted at how many instances of gratitude you will feel. It doesn’t have to be for great big things, it can be for tiny little ordinary everyday life stuff.
The Secret and the Law is simple – smile at people, laugh with people, take a good look at the little things in life that make you happy, approach the world with gratitude, and you might just become happy. At the very least, it doesn’t hurt to try!
Today, just for a short time, put your gratitude into practice – look directly into someone’s eyes – maybe a waiter in a restaurant, or a fellow employee or a teacher or a gardener – and simply say “Thank you.” You don’t even have to have a reason. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being in my life. Just plain thank you.
Meister Eckhart, the German theologian, spoke of gratitude to us – “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast and his organization Gratefulness.org have spent their lives teaching about the benefits of gratitude and how we can begin to heal with the gift of gratitude and gratefulness to ourselves.
”When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.” –Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief
I have found that one of the easiest ways to acquire a habit of gratitude is to keep a Gratitude Journal. Before you go to sleep each night, write down 5 things for which you are grateful today. Do this every day, for at least 21 days (the time needed to develop a habit and make it stick). Start today and write down what you are grateful for in your beautiful new Gratitude Journal. Have a good night’s sleep. Do it again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.
Soon you will notice all the good things around you. Everything that deserves your thanks. The more you notice, the more will appear. Sarah Ban Breathnach, in her beautiful book, Simple Abundance, says it so well – “You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”