LOGAN, UT – Being grateful is a habit that needs to be developed, then nurtured on a regular
basis. There are many benefits of being grateful and having a good attitude. One study
found that grateful people are more likely to help others, exercise and complete their
personal goals. They also tend to be more determined, optimistic, more alert and have
energy and enthusiasm. Consider these tips for cultivating gratitude.
• Say thanks. It’s not too late to change if you haven’t been as good as you could
be about expressing gratitude. Even if you have to make a note and stick it in several
places as a reminder, people in your life need to know you appreciate them and notice
their efforts. A sincere compliment to someone who looks like they may be having a
bad day can help you feel grateful you are looking out for others in addition to giving
them a boost. Complimenting a difficult person can bridge a communication gap or at
least increase a level of civility.
• Show thanks. Even though you may still have car payments, a mortgage, the stress
of the holidays ahead and less in your 401K today than you did last month, don’t forget
those who are less fortunate. Find ways to donate time, money or service to ease the
burdens of those who have less than you. During the holidays, there are ample opportunities
to help those in need. Whether you take food to a local food pantry, offer to put
up Christmas lights for a neighbor who is disabled or participate in sponsoring a
family through a local charitable organization, reach out and do something. Helping
others is a great way to show you are grateful for what you have and that you want
to share it.
• Write thanks. Keep a journal or notebook where you can record those things you are
grateful for every day. Even after a stressful day, it can be soothing to review the
day in your mind and write down the positive things that happened. Not only will you
feel more at ease after a long day, but it will likely give you an improved ability
to keep things in perspective.
• Think thanks. Maybe writing in a journal isn’t a motivation for you. If not, spend
a few minutes sitting in a quiet place and gazing out the window. Find the beauty
in what you see and appreciate those things around you. No moment should be taken
for granted, and pleasure and happiness can be found in being grateful for the simplest
joy or the most challenging time of your life.
• Remember that if you live a positive, grateful, successful life, you will attract
other positive, grateful and successful people. Making your life full of gratitude
can only bring happiness.
By: Kathy Riggs - Nov. 20, 2012