Understanding Gratitude: Take the Time to Thank

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Well-Being
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grat·i·tude

noun

the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:
He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
Gratitude is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.  To be grateful for things is to truly be blessed. Some of the great leaders of our time proclaim being grateful is the sole reason for their successes.
Gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid.
I’ve been trying a new practice each day where I’ll set aside a few minutes, preferably in the morning, and just sit in silence and think about whom and what I am grateful for.  This puts me in a positive state of mind.
A gratitude prayer or mantra you can use to help cope with difficult times:

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR TODAY? Comment below and let us know!

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  6. dsgnmom says:

    Great post! I am grateful that you sited my latest post: http://dsgnmomonline.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/attitude-of-gratitude-do-you-have-it/

    I appreciate you and this post reminding me that gratitude CAN turn a negative into a positive! Today…. I needed that reminder!

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  8. Brad Meyers says:

    I’ll start.. I am grateful to have a few really good friends and great parents that have been so supportive of me.

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