Let us rise up and be thankful,
for it we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learnt a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die;
so, let us all be thankful.
When my daughter was a baby and learning to speak, one of the first things I taught her way to say ta, then it became thank you and please and then – what’s the magic word?
How often do we ask for something and forget to say please? How often does something we want come to us and we forget to say thank you?
When we get to the end of each day, what are you grateful for? Do you think about what was great about your day or only the things that went wrong?
When you focus on the things that went wrong instead of the things that went well no matter how small – that’s what we get more out of. The fastest way to get what you want in life is to be grateful for what you have that’s working for you, and your brain will show you ways to get more – your job is to stay conscious and aware of what is going on around you. Write down three things that you are grateful for every night before you go to sleep.
Here are a few things you can start doing to create the habit of GRATITUDE which came from Jack Canfield’s blog on Gratitude. Jack is the author of The Success Principles, you can read the whole article HERE.
1. Each morning write down what you appreciate in life.
Start your day this way primes you to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring. It also helps you cultivate an air of positivity that makes you naturally more attractive to other positive people.
2. Appreciate at least 3 people every day.
By letting people know how much you appreciate them, you increase their own sense of appreciation and self-worth and encourage them to pay this positive energy forward to other people.
3. Remember to appreciate the smallest blessings.
The best way to activate your gratitude is by acknowledging the gifts most people take for granted. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes in your closet and a roof over your head, you are better off than 75 per cent of the world’s population.
If you eat three meals a day, you are far better off than the 1 billion people on the planet who eat once a day at most.
Do you have a phone? How about a car that allows you to travel to work or to explore the country? Is your family healthy? Do you have a computer and Internet access to stay in touch with the world, get access to education, and perform work for which you are paid? Do you have clean water to drink?
Celebrate these simple blessings. These daily conveniences are gifts that most people in the world do not enjoy.
4. Appreciate yourself.
Finally, don’t forget to appreciate your OWN positive qualities and accomplishments. In addition to celebrating your big successes, acknowledge your small daily successes too. We all need acknowledgement, but the most important acknowledgement is that which we give ourselves.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
– Oprah Winfrey