Posted by: nmontague | July 7, 2010

An Attitude of Gratitude

I am glad to see that the blog has been consistant in hits even though I haven’t written anything during the holidays. I hope that I can continue to share my thoughts and hopefully inspire some people to incorporate these attributes in their life. I also hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend.

I wanted to talk about gratitude today. I think it’s a very important principle for us to include in our lives. In fact, it’s one of the keys to happiness.

Gratitude is appreciation for the things we have in our lives and for the acts of service others preform on our behalf. By cultivating an attitude of gratitude we can appreciate the good things in our lives, even at times when our lives are tough. Gratitude can bring us the warmth of summer in the middle of life’s winter.

Think about your own life. When people express gratitude for something you’ve done for them, how do you feel? You feel goodwill to them. You feel happy about what you’ve done. You both feel closer to one another.

Now how do you feel when you do something nice for someone and they don’t express any gratitude? (Now I’m not saying you should do things just to recieve gratitude from others. I just want you to remember how it feels). Is that something you want your friends to feel? How about your family? How about your spouse/significant other?

I know if I work hard on something for someone, I find a lack of gratitude and appreciation rude. It makes me feel less inclined to do anything for them in the future. This is why manners can be so important. They help us create goodwill amongst one another.

We cannot make other people grateful for the acts we do. We can, however, cultivate our own attitude of gratitude and lead others to follow our example. The amazing thing about doing this is that we not only help others know that we care, but it also makes us happier in our own lives. We appreciate the gifts that God and others have given us.

Challenges:

1) Make a list of the things and people you are grateful for.

2) Express your appreciation and gratitude to your spouse/children/parents/friends for their involvement in your life

3) Tough one: Find something you appreciate in someone you don’t like that much and let them know how much you appreciate that.

There are other things that can be done as well. Feel free to share any you think of. And remember, don’t be afraid.

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Responses

  1. Very well put. The world would be a much more cheerful place if more of us could realize and be grateful for what we have in our lives rather than focusing on what we lack. The display of gratitude is a way in which we can gift the giver. Definitely a win win situation.


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