“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Gratitude is said to be strongly linked to mental and emotional health. Not to say that someone is not mentally stable if they lack a sense of constant gratitude. People who say that they are grateful appear to be happier, less depressed, less stressed, and satisfied with their lives and even with their relationships. Optimism or a positive attitude is not born of self pity and internal anguish. The journey to a state of gratitude requires a level of commitment. A commitment of being open and willing to do some self searching. Someone with a poor self image is surely not beaming with gratitude. So where do you start? Where do you find it? How do you get it? Take a glance in the mirror, it starts with you. Gratitude is an inside job.
To say thank you or to express thankfulness for something or someone comes easy to just about everyone. It is almost an automatic response. A cashier hands you your change at the grocery store, or someone holds the door open for you, you say thank you. Is there any depth to it or a sincere emotion behind it? No, it is just automatic learned behavior of good manners. Gratitude has nothing to do with the manners we were brought up with, taught or have adapted to. We could have been brought up with every comfort of daily life and the sweetest kindest parents. Somehow we grew to have a poor attitude about ourselves, others and the world around us.
Jotting down a short gratitude list over your morning coffee to start your day can launch a cycle of happiness. Start out simple, three to five things that come to mind. Over time as the days go on with your daily gratitude lists you will find your thoughts will have to go a bit deeper. All the surface and materialistic objects and items have already found themselves onto a previous list. Inadvertently it forces us to sit with our thoughts on a positive spin. We start to see the people and things we not knowingly once took for granted in a whole new light. A great sense of connectedness is felt no matter where you are when we lead with gratitude. Find closure by making sense of negative events so that they mesh with a generally positive outlook. Find an inner attitude adjustment with a simple gratitude adjustment. The effects will not go unnoticed by those around you. As your gratitude increases, most if not all aspects of your life will feel lighter and find more enjoyment in the simplest of things. As you become more at ease, and feel over all happier, you will notice the string of positivity in and around your life circumstance. By becoming your positive thoughts you attract more positivity into your life. An abundance of happiness is within your reach. It’s a matter of making the decision to seek happiness through the simplicity of gratitude.
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