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Weekly Wisdom 11-23-2015

Post Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2015

 

10 Ways to Live a Life of Gratitude

1.  Find at least one thing to be grateful for every morning.  You can set the tone for your day by focusing on what’s going right with your life and be grateful for that.  Start each morning by writing down all you are thankful for.  It can be as simple as having hot water for a shower and food in your cupboard.

2. Look at your day differently.  Is it full of change and problems or opportunities?  Look for the silver lining in everyday circumstances.  For example, when you get cut off on the freeway and arrive safely to work; when your child returns home late, but safe; when you get into a fender bender and no one was hurt.

3. Think positively about your life.  It’s easy to find what’s not going well with your life.  Instead, focus on what you are grateful for.  Tell people, every day, what you appreciate about them – it can be something very simple and will make both your days.

4. Carry a token of gratitude.  Put something special to you in your pocket, purse, car or somewhere you will see it and be reminded to be thankful for your many blessings.  I have a gratitude rock hanging from my car’s rear view mirror that serves as a daily reminder for me.  It comes in handy when I am tempted to complain about something I find irritating.

5. Do something you love every single day.  What do you love to do?  What makes you smile?  Be careful not to get so wrapped up in the busyness of your life to forget to smell the flowers, talk to a family member, go for a walk, and make fun memories.

6. Take charge of your own personal and professional development.  You can only change you.  Take responsibility for your future quality of life both personally and professionally.  Don’t wait or blame your circumstances; take steps to change them.

7. Pause and reflect.  Take time away from the “to do” lists and busyness of your life to enjoy the world we live in.  Spend some spiritual time, take a walk, watch a sunset, and notice your surroundings.  One way to state this is to put your cell phone down (just sayin’).

8. Future shift your thinking.  Instead of always focusing on the here and how – think of what you want your future to look like.  Take steps to make that happen.  Set a goal and plan for reaching it.

9. Pay it forward.  Pay attention to those who need a little help – the person in front of you in line who’s 93 cents short, the lady who needs help juggling her stuff, the neighbors who may need help.  It will have a huge impact on them, and on you as well.

10. Don’t forget to appreciate yourself.  The most important gratitude you practice may be to appreciate yourself.  Talk nice to yourself and tell the nay-sayers in your head to simply shut up!

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