The Gift of Gratitude

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Gratitude is an amazing gift! Whether you are giving or receiving gratitude, it has such a positive presence all around. The definition of gratitude is this: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

It seems that sometimes people confuse being grateful with perceiving it as never being happy where you are and what you have. You should ALWAYS be grateful for your current state of life. Treat each day as a gift because if you are reading this, you were one of the lucky ones that woke up to see another incredible day, a full 24 hours available with endless opportunities and possibilities. With that said, you should still want to strive for more, push yourself to be the very best version of you that you can be. If you choose to stay exactly where you are, you can become stagnant. This doesn’t mean you have to get all dramatic and drastic and change your entire world in one day. You don’t have to move to a bigger house every year or get a newer vehicle because you’ve added a few miles to your current one. I mean, if that is your thing, by all means, do what makes you happy. What I am talking about though is self-betterment ( I can’t promise that is even a word but I didn’t get the red grammar line so I am going with it). Strive to improve yourself on a daily basis. Enjoy your journey, but know the journey doesn’t end just because you feel satisfied with life and where you are. You can always reach a little further and be a little better.

There are five principles that I try to live my life by every single day and one of those is: “Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings”. It is so easy to take our daily lives for granted. If you open yourself up to seeing life in a different perspective you will find that miracles are happening around you all day. Again, you woke up- miracle. You walked to your car to go to work- two miracles (you can walk and you have a job to provide for you and/or your family). You have children or grandchildren- that’s an everyday miracle because life was created. It’s all in how you perceive things.

I can tell you this, when you open yourself up to seeing the good in things, others and life and allow yourself to be truly grateful, you will live a more peaceful, fulfilling life. You will still have bad days and times that things just don’t go your way, so when that happens, step back, take a deep breath and find the lesson in it. Be grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow.

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WEEKEND CHALLENGE: Gratitude is free so give it and accept it as much as possible. I challenge you to take a day this weekend to show gratitude the entire day. It can be in the form of shooting a smile at someone, holding the door open, paying for a person’s meal, telling someone thank you or I love you, give a hug….however you want to do it- there is no right or wrong way. After your day is complete, I want you to reflect on the day’s events and see how you feel. Did it make you happy to show gratitude toward others? Did it make others happy that were recipients of your gratitude? Are you willing to incorporate this into your daily life? The choice is yours, my friend, choose wisely and make it count!


*The pictures on this post are not mine and I do not take credit for them.

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