Attitude of Gratitude
“Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
I find myself on the polar opposite sides of this definition daily. One minute I’m completely inspired, listening to a cancer survivor who’s just thankful to be at work again, and the next minute I’m sighing about the laundry that needs to be done. We’re all guilty of taking things for granted – relationships, jobs,…a million dollars (well I’m not, but I’m sure someone out there is). The point is, we all do it at some point or another, but imagine if we didn’t. Imagine if we looked at what we had, the way we looked at what other’s have. Imagine if we had an attitude of gratitude.
There is so much to appreciate and be thankful for in each of our lives, but sometimes we forget in the midst of all the negative things we are focused on. So take a minute and appreciate your day a little more:
First, take a deep breath of fresh air.
Take a minute a realize what YOU have and where you are. Sometimes we forget to celebrate how far we’ve come, because we’re too busy planning how far we need to go. Enjoy that moment, and the rest of the appreciation for the things in your life will start flooding in.
Second, list off the things you appreciate in your life.
Thinking of all of the positive things in your life just might remind you that the negative things aren’t all that bad. Why do you think Thanksgiving is such a feel good holiday?! It’s a day where we all remind each other of all of the good things in our lives.
Third, do something nice for someone you love.
Life can be unimaginable without the people we love, but sometimes we forget to act like that. Appreciate them, do something nice, and see what a difference it makes not only in their day but yours too. Appreciation is contagious.
Gratitude is the seasoning in the recipe of life, and life is so much more appetizing with it. So instead of waiting until Thanksgiving for that warm ‘holiday spirit’, take advantage of it today and every other day for that matter!
With that being said, I feel it’s only necessary to say what I’m thankful for. Currently, I’m thankful for my life and the opportunities I’ve been given, my family and the millions of minutes we save with Verizon talking to each other every day, my friends who I’ve been lucky enough to grow up and stay close with, and the love of my life who falls into both of those categories.
Now it’s your turn. Share some tips on how we can appreciate our days a little more, and what you’re thankful for!