Attitude of Gratitude (Motivation Category)

Try An Attitude of Gratitude

Did you know that it’s hard to be sad when you are being thankful?  With the holidays upon us, many people will fall into a depression.  Holidays are filled with memories, and often times those that we shared past holidays with are no longer with us.  That can create feelings of sadness and loss.  To not only cope with sadness but to feel fully happy, try an attitude of gratitude this holiday season.

Facts on Being Thankful

Studies shown that those who practice an attitude of gratitude also do the following things: eat healthier, develop stronger immune systems, cope with stress better, exercise regularly, have high self esteem, demonstrate a higher productivity, sleep better and the list goes on.  Simply put, you will be a healthier person if you choose to reflect on what you are thankful for.  It is a personal daily choice to develop an attitude of gratitude.

Think About All of the Things That You Are Thankful For

Write down all of the things that you are thankful for. Many people like to call these things “blessings.” If you are at a loss for where to begin, how about your most basic needs that are met.  Did you know that 3 out of 10 people on this planet do not have access to clean drinking water?  6 in 10 people lack sanitation.  How many of us flush the toilet without thinking of what a privilege it is to be able to do that?   Or what about that last hot shower you had?   Not many people in the world live with such a luxury. If you have a home, and have food to eat, you are blessed.  Start to write those blessings down.

Talk About What You Are Thankful For

If you post on Social Media, try posting something positive about what you are thankful for today.  It may seem very small and simple or something large.  When people share positive feelings with others, it helps others to also feel thankful.  Talk about what you are thankful for, with someone.

Choose Your Friends Wisely

If you want to feel thankful and be happier, than hang around people who express gratitude.  Have you ever met someone who had a zest for life that you wanted?  Some people just bubble over with joy no matter what their life circumstances are.   Chuck Swindoll once said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Choose to hang around people that react positively to all that life throws their way.  The good news is that, gratitude can be a catchy thing to have. And then when it rubs off on you, if will rub off on those around you.

Express Gratitude

Now that you know what you are thankful for, and have talked about, it’s time to express it.  If someone has helped you through a hard time in life, call them or write them a note to thank them.  Let people know how much they mean to you.   And this doesn’t have to be limited to people.  Take some extra time to pet your dog or cat and tell them how special they are to you.  Thank God for the flowers and the birds that sing.  Try to not only be thankful, but also express it in some way.

Final Thoughts

Being Grateful has the consequence of being happy.  Take time today to write down some things that you are thankful for.  Make sure to verbalize it out loud to someone. Choose to hang around people who are also thankful.  Then most importantly, express your gratitude.  Don’t just hold your blessings in, but share them with others.  The results are that you will be a happier person that people want to emulate.

Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!