Developing an Attitude of Gratitude
In Monday’s post about living a life of thanksgiving, Paul mentions that ‘starting each day with gratitude sets the tone for your entire day and therefore also sets the tone for your entire life’.
I’ve found this to be very true.
Over the last few years, like so many people, I’ve experienced some major financial setbacks. And, when times get tough, it can be all to easy to forget just how to fortunate we are to have the things in our lives we take for granted. Things such as our health, family and good friends, electric light and running water… the list goes on and on.
Quite recently a business colleague of mine told me he kept a ‘Gratitude Journal‘, where every morning (and often through the day) he wrote down the things in his life he was grateful for. He explained that it kept him positive and thankful, and (as Paul stated) set the tone for his day.
Well that sounded good to me, so the very same day I started my own journal and have added to it every day since. First thing every morning I sit in quiet thought for a few minutes and write down the things I’m grateful for.
I also read the book regularly to remind me just how wonderful my life really is.
I can honestly say that keeping this simple journal has made a massive difference to my attitude. I’m happier, more content, less stressed, and appreciate the things (and the people) I do have in my life a whole lot more than I did just a short while ago.
And for that I’m truly grateful.
So why don’t you give it a try? It only costs pennies and takes a tiny amount of time, but it makes a world of difference!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!