Hi guyssssss, how are y’all doing today? it’s day 7 of the writing challenge and I’m super excited that I’m consistent. Consistency is key guys! Today’s topic is “gratitude”.
Gratitude refers to an attitude of thankfulness and a desire to show appreciation for an action or event. Taken a step further, gratitude refers to an appreciation of what you have in your life – no matter how small. It is an appreciation of small kindnesses that are offered to us in our daily lives.
A gratitude practice starts with taking time out of your day to think, talk, or write about what you are grateful for. If writing is one of your favorite modes of expression, having a gratitude journal is a simple way to commit to a gratitude practice.
When the act of feeling grateful turns into a habit, you experience life through the perspective of abundance, peace, joy, and love. Gratitude does help us to experience positive emotions (optimism, enthusiasm, love, joy, happiness) while it moves us away from experiencing destructive emotions (envy, greed, bitterness, resentment). An attitude of gratitude helps us to find contentment within ourselves and the environment in which we live.
So what can we be grateful for? Firstly for ourselves: for our health, our inner strength, our ability to adapt and learn. It may even be something as small as being able to get up everyday and make ourselves our own breakfast, breakfast that we have the money to buy. The trick is to finding the positive in ourselves and to focus on that instead of what we can find wrong in our lives.
Secondly, we can be grateful for the things in our environment: our home, the people who love us, our workplace, something positive about our work colleagues. It is so easy to focus on the negative; so easy to gossip about things that are not done to our satisfaction. Do you not feel lighter and more content when you focus on the positive and what you are grateful for in a conversation? I know I do.
Thirdly we can be grateful for the small kindness that are done to us: an unexpected visit by a close friend, a hug by someone you know because they see that you need it, that unexpected check up message from someone, and others. Noticing these small things is what makes me content with my life. I have no need to wish for what others have when I notice that what I have suits me and makes me happy.
I’m grateful for so many things in this life. God’s love and mercies, my parent, my friends, my blog, and definitely my readers. I pray God rewards y’all.
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