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Reflecting on Gratitude

In almost every country we set aside at least one day a year to give “thanks.” These national holidays are a time to celebrate all those things, people and opportunities in our lives for which we are grateful.

Thank you

I’m suggesting we not just set aside one day a year, but appreciate the blessings in our lives everyday.

Here are a few suggestions:
1. Begin and maintain a gratitude journal. Here’s a wonderful place to begin collecting the positive memories of those proud moments that occurred during your day.

2. Today, make a special effort to say “thank you” more often. Everyone loves to be appreciated.
 
 
3. Pick up the phone and call someone to let them know how much you appreciate them.

4. Make a list of at least 50 things/people/opportunities for which you are thankful. Feel the joy of having those things/people/opportunities in your life. You can add this list to your gratitude journal.

5. Expect to be grateful. A positive mental attitude expects to attract and enjoy the positives of life.

Research has shown that people who tend to experience gratitude frequently tend to be happier, more helpful and forgiving, and less depressed than those who are less grateful and thankful.

What do you think, are you ready to join me in living day-to-day expecting to be grateful and happy?

Please leave us your comments, we’d love to hear from you.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
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  • Carol Gordon Ekster June 22, 2017, 5:40 pm

    Sharon, you do such a great job of getting quickly to the important points about why you should practice gratitude.I too believe in the power of gratitude. That’s why I wrote the children’s book, BEFORE I SLEEP: I SAY THANK YOU, Pauline Books and Media, 2015. It offers a kid-friendly way to teach small children the importance of gratitude. The book ends by asking the children to say five things they are grateful for. Imagine how much sweeter the world would be if we encourage children to learn gratitude early.
    Here’s the book’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbf_KXG73HY And keep spreading the gifts of gratitude!

    • sharonmichaels June 23, 2017, 7:19 am

      Carol
      Congratulations on your book!
      Wonderful subject for children to learn and appreciate.

      ~Sharon

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