Our minds can lead us down a negative thought path. Commonly, people feel like their life is inadequate for various reasons, like their house is too small, they are unhappy with spouses, or they feel unfulfilled. Life isn’t always pleasant and there is no shortage of justification for feeling disappointment. The irony is that this type of glum thinking is apt to generate more problems than solutions. Are you paying attention to the people and things in your life for which you are grateful? Perhaps you are thankful, but are you really aware of the reasons you are grateful?
Feelings of appreciation occur from recent or current actions that help us. Feeling grateful may require us to look at a person or situation from a different perspective.
1. Before bed, think about something you have done well or something you like about yourself.
2. Tell a spouse, partner or friend, something you appreciate about them every day.
3. Make it a practice to write down 3 things you are grateful for every day.
There is an old saying that if you have forgotten the language of gratitude, you will never be on speaking terms with happiness. It’s not always easy and it does take practice, but if you show appreciation for what you have by caring for it, then it will care for you.
"My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm." - Maureen McCullough