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Tuesday, 10. June 2008
What’s so Special about Gratitude?
We usually think of gratitude as something that our parents taught us as children – to say ‘thank you’ along with ‘please’. And so it became a habit – not thought about much, more of an automatic, rather than a considered response. As a result, we have lost track of just how important and essential having gratitude is.
So why is gratitude important?
Just for a minute, think of all the things you are grateful for, such as, loving friends, partners and family, pets who love you unconditionally, good health, great holidays you’ve had, as well as everyday items such as a comfortable home, electricity, TV, fridge, and clean water when you turn on the tap. The list, in fact, could go on and on.
We need to alter our perceptions – our view of how the world is and how things affect us. And if we can do that, then we can start to feel gratitude and as a consequence, start to feel good!
So here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
Make a list of everything you take for granted in your life, and be grateful for them – clean water, electricity, telephones, computers, transport systems, rain, health, clothes, family, friends, work.
Start looking at the good in your life – see what’s right instead of what’s wrong.
Learn to be grateful for mistakes – see them as opportunities to learn and grow.
Smile and say ‘thank you’ to as many people as you can each day – the postman, supermarket cashier, bus driver, the car driver who lets you into the queue of traffic.
Send a ‘thank you’ note to someone who has helped you, even in a small way – make this a habit and your appreciation will grow.
Take a moment to appreciate the world around you – a sunset, a flock of birds, trees, blue skies, and the fact that the sun gets up every morning!
At the end of each day make a gratitude list – a list of all the things that have happened today that have made you smile and cheered you up: write down at least five, but aim for ten.
Realise that the more you concentrate on gratitude and seeing the good in everything, the more you will be surrounded and blessed with wonderful things to be grateful for.
Realise what a difference having gratitude can make to your life. That’s why gratitude is so special – use it to feel good!
Source: What’s so Special about Gratitude?, article by Linda McGrory.
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