With Thanksgiving coming in a couple weeks, the topic seems appropriate. But unlike most conversations, we’re going to dive deeper into why gratitude is so important in your daily life, not just around select holidays.
Maybe you have felt depressed, stressed, moody, jealous, frustrated or some type of negativity recently. We’re all human and it is so easy to allow our negative emotions to control us and affect our mood. And sure, you’re thinking that anyone who says to be thankful during those ’down’ times, is flat out eating too much candy corn and Snickers bars.
However, think about this. Some of the worst experiences have proven to be the greatest gifts. Those challenging and dark times have been great teachers and something unbelievably wonderful typically comes out of it. When I first moved to Kansas for a new job, I had a broken down car, broken heart and no friends of family. It wasn't long before I had an adopted aunt, a best friend, different car, and a healed heart. When I look back to 3 years ago, I'm blown away by how much good has come from such a "rough" time. What I’m trying to say is: find the good in any situation and be thankful for it.' Embrace the changes of life. (We serve a good God...who is ALWAYS good!)
We know that what we focus on we attract more of. So where’s your focus - on what you have or what you don’t have? Do you live in the future or the present?
When you are grateful for what you currently have, you are actually living in the present moment. You are then open for more to come (aware of more opportunities that arise). So practice your gratitude attitude and start living in the moment. Begin noticing the small blessings around you…maybe it’s a wonderfully prepared meal, the ability to read this newsletter, raking the fall leaves, the company of a friend when you’re broken-hearted, or the fact that you woke up this morning and could "hear" the alarm clock..."see" the time and "feel" the warmth of a blanket!
Next, being thankful has the power to change your mood quickly from negative to positive. (Good news if you agreed to feeling some negativity a few paragraphs ago. ;-) ) Positive energy and good feelings come from acknowledging what you are grateful for, and good vibrations are then generated.
Quantum physics even states that with positive thinking, the vibrations of your thoughts affect and modify the reality around you. Did you know that the first 17 seconds of any thought is said to be the most powerful & can create enough energy to start attracting what you are thinking of into your life? Pretty interesting.
Are you seeing the importance of being grateful?
So how do you get on the gratitude attitude track? Well, here are some ideas:
- When you run into those negative situations, think about how things could always be much worse or more difficult. And even if you do feel negative, once you start looking at what you are grateful for, there is no way you will be able to hold that negative emotion for too long.
- Start the day with positive thinking. Write a list of things you are thankful for at the end of each day so it’s on your mind when you go to bed (Gratitude Journal). You will wake up with a gratitude attitude and an open heart.
- Be in the moment and look around you…you are alive and living in this world!
- AND GO SHARE WITH THE WORLD WHAT YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR…