Tips on How to Foster an Attitude of Gratitude

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Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal (Photo credit: limevelyn)

Being thankful may seem like a challenge for us in times when things do not seem to go our way. When there is too much pressure at work, when partners argue, when children rebel or when friends turn their backs at the moment you need them most, it is almost impossible to find a reason to be thankful. Still, we need to keep in mind that even a muddy pond can make the lovely lotus grow. Find ways to develop an attitude of gratitude and learn to uncover all the great and wonderful things about your life. Here are ways how:

Examine your life.
There can be no deep gratitude if there is no deep appreciation for what you have. As an expression of gratitude, look closely at the people, things and events in your life that has shaped who you are. You are who you are today because of the things that have happened in your past, whether these are good things or bad things.

Block your complaints.
Every human being has a built-in complaints section, that part of the mind where the inner dissonant voice frequently dumps its concerns and issues. While it is natural for us to find fault and express opposition particularly about situations that we find objectionable, we should never allow this inner opposing voice to overcome our will. Expressing gratitude begins by learning how to avoid wasting time and taking charge to redirect your focus on what is more important. Of course, negative thoughts will try to sneak in during this process. To manage them, accept them, let them stay in the mind for a while and then let them go. Never linger on a negative thought as if to entertain it. The more you focus on the idea, the stronger it becomes and the more genuine it seems. The less you pay attention to it, the less power it has over you.

Express gratitude.
The Law of Attraction dictates that we should express our gratitude everyday. This is to remind ourselves that there are many things we can and should be thankful for. These do not have to be big things – they can be the simplest, most basic things such as fresh air, sunshine, the touch of a child’s hand, a smile from a stranger or good news about someone from a far away country. Expressing gratitude is not a complex matter – it is actually quite basic and it can be done in the simplest ways.

Begin by asking yourself, “How can I express my gratitude? What is it about my life and my environment that should make me grateful? How have these people/things/events become a positive influence for me? How have I reacted to these influences and what were the results of these actions? What are the things that stop me from appreciating what I have and how do I overcome these? How else can I express my deepest gratitude for my life and everything in it?”

Developing an attitude that focuses on gratitude begins by conditioning the mind to focus on what is positive and giving power to those things that truly matter. Living life with a grateful heart allows you to experience more joy, happiness and fulfillment.

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