Practicing Gratitude

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Post #70 Thankfulness

Do you dwell on things you don’t have? Do you take time to be thankful for what you do have?  On this Christmas Day, I encourage you to practice wanting those things that already exist in your life.

Give Thanks

What is Gratitude

Gratitude, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is thankfulness.  It is the state of giving thanks.  In order to give thanks, we must first be aware.  When you recognize that there are many things to be thankful for, you open the door to being a thankful person.  In other words, it is easy for us to take things for granted.  How many times do you wake up thinking about the day ahead, assuming things will go as planned?  We often go about our usual day without giving thought to the fact that our lives can change in an instant.  My intent is not to worry you or to be critical.  Rather, my intent is to get you thinking about the reasons why you have been afforded possibilities in your life.

Why Gratitude Matters

Gratitude is a mindset.  We can all learn how to practice gratitude by setting aside time to think deliberately. But why take time out of our busy schedules to intentionally give thanks?  We should do so because a grateful person is a thriving person.  A grateful attitude allows you to recognize and focus on the positives.  When we concentrate on the positives, we maximize our brain power.  Therefore, we avoid feeling like victims and instead see ourselves as the victors.  When we see ourselves as the victors, we conduct our lives based on the belief that we can conquer.

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I am Personally Grateful For:

My parents and my family

All friends, supporters, mentors and fans

My brain power and all its functionalities

The freedom to make decisions

My health and the wisdom to nurture it

The ability to create my own coaching business

All past mistakes that taught me how to do things better

All decisions that brought me to where I am today

The freedom to be who I want and what I want

My life and every single day that comes with it

 

The last thing I’d like share is one of my favorite quotes: The best things in life aren’t things.

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