What is gratitude? The dictionary says it is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return to kindness. This is relatively easy to do when things are going our way. But what do we do when they are not? Do we complain? Moan? Avoid? Or be grateful anyway? I find, that when I am practicing being grateful, I feel better. Better as in more alive, closer to God, closer to loved ones. I also find that when I am being ungrateful, sometimes I don’t even want to be around myself! So the question is, what are you grateful for? First, I invite you to make a detailed list. Then I invite you to take note throughout your day of all your blessings and experience that gratitude. Below are some other ways to practice gratitude. How do you best enjoy practicing gratitude?
1. When things go differently than you planned, make note of at least one positive thing from the new situation.
2. When someone or something bothers you, find what lesson you can learn from this situation.
3. Tell your friends, family, strangers, pets…whoever, whatever what you appreciate about them!
4. Practice acceptance.
6. Give something away, on a regular basis
7. Commit to no complaining for the next hour. If you complain, restart the hour.
8. Pray for your enemies. No enemies? Pray for those that annoy, hurt, or aggravate you.
9. Each morning and before bed, make it a practice to list what you are grateful for.