An Attitude of Gratitude is a regular habit to express appreciation for all different parts of life, no matter how small. An attitude of gratitude means that you operate from a place of abundance instead of a place of scarcity and fear. When we train ourselves to look at life through the lens of gratitude rather than disappointment, we find ourselves happier and more at peace. There is so much to be grateful for if we just learn to look for it. We each have the ability to choose what we focus on.
This doesn’t mean that you are grateful for negative or bad experiences that happen in all our lives. It doesn’t mean you are being fake when you are making an effort to focus on the things you are grateful for. Even on those moments, days, or weeks where it feels like nothing is going your way, going right, or feels overwhelming….it is important to lay that foundation of gratitude and keep it separate and independent of our circumstances. It’s important to give thanks for what IS working…no matter how insignificant it may seem.
When you make it a conscious habit to express appreciation for your life, the Universe listens and responds with more positivity. An attitude of gratitude forces you to get outside of your problems and look at the bigger picture. In exchange, you are better able to bounce forward when challenges occur in life.
Think of something in this moment that you are thankful for? Perhaps even take some time to make a list of those things. This Thanksgiving coming up I challenge you to give thanks in different ways to not just others, but yourself as well. Perhaps you are thankful and have an attitude of gratitude for your values, your abilities, your effort to be your authentic self, and your desire to better yourself.
An attitude of gratitude has the power to transform your entire life.
FUN FACT: Smiling forcibly for only 20 seconds stimulates brain activity associated with positive emotions