Each year, those of us in America who celebrate Thanksgiving gather around a festive table, consume more food in one hour than some people do all week and then, share with one another things that we are grateful for. This is all very nice and I like a good pumpkin pie as much as the next person, but what doesn’t sit well with me is the emphasis on gratitude just for one day of the year! What about the other 364 days?
Thanksgiving is not a holiday, it is a choice!
One of the fastest paths to happiness is recognizing and embracing that which we already have. So why not choose to practice that all year round, every single day. Pay attention to how you pray.
To often, our prayers begin with “please”, when in reality they should begin with “thank you.”
Below are some tips for capturing that “attitude of gratitude” once and for all:
- Remember this: if everyone in the world, or everyone in your town for that matter, threw their problems into a big pile, you would likely grab your own problems right back! You would see that despite how things may look from the outside, many people are dealing with things that are much more painful than your own circumstances. You are feeling low on money this month? Someone else lives in poverty every day. You are feeling lonely after a breakup? Someone else, somewhere, is trapped in an arranged marriage, while you are free. Find the miracle underneath your challenge.
- Live in the moment. Drink in the tiny moments that make up the tapestry of a beautiful day. For instance, find gratitude for your view of the sky, for the quiet moment with your tea, for the fact that you have hot water for your bubble bath!
- Check in a few times a day with yourself. Set your phone timer to “ding” every few hours and at that moment, find one thing to be grateful. Even on the WORST days, you can be grateful for the fact that you are alive to hear the “ding!”
- Finally, be grateful for everything that you don’t yet have in your reality. Sounds odd right? But it sets the Law of Attraction in motion. For example, if your goal is to gain financial security, you can choose to proclaim your gratitude for the fact that money is moving into your life. It’s a powerful energy and through that, you raise your frequency and open the doors for the blessings to roll in.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
When we spend all of our time wanting, we are distracted from the bounty of blessings that are already ours. It’s ok to want, but be mindful that your longing supports your gratitude and doesn’t replace it. You are alive and reading the post. Score! If you make it to the end of this sentence, you are having a better day than someone else. 😉
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