Why Practice Gratitude?


One thing we can be assured of is that life will always present challenges, roadblocks and, at times, heartbreak or tragedy.  You will have little to no control over the circumstances which leaves you with a couple of choices.  Give in to it and stay in the pain, frustration, helplessness or upset, or, learn to find things to be grateful for.

Gratitude is about being appreciative of what you have.  Good or bad, finding something in every situation to feel thankful for.  This is not something that comes easy which means it must be a conscious effort.


Challenge yourself:  Take yourself off of autopilot and be present in the moment.  Find simple things in life that you can actually feel grateful for.  

Why Practice Gratitude?

Gratitude helps draw people into your life when you need them - whether it be to teach you a life lesson or to be a support.
Gratitude helps you embrace life lessons that appear in your life over and over and over in many different forms until you recognize them as such.
Gratitude promotes forgiveness -  practice gratitude for your life experiences, no matter how painful, because they make you who you are.

Gratitude strengthens relationships - focus on your appreciation for each other rather than annoyances.

Grateful people attract things to be grateful for - like attracts like.

Gratitude increases optimism which results in more satisfaction of life.


What about you, do you practice daily gratitude?

5 comments:

daisy g said...

Oh yeah. We have so much for which to be thankful. It would be difficult not to find something. The sun rising daily, the breath that keeps me alive, the sound of my family stirring on weekend mornings.

Gotta pin this one!
Enjoy your weekend.

Michele Yates said...

Thank you for a very thought provoking post . . . and one well worth sharing and then spending time thinking about.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Daisy - I love your list. Thank you both for your lovely comments!!

Carol Williams said...

What a great post. The apostle Paul was an expert at this. Time and time again, he advised to be thankful and praise God, no matter what you were experiencing. If you can be thankful even in the bad times, you elevate yourself to another level entirely-- your happiness can't depend on outward circumstances.

So much wisdom in this... I brought my elderly (and very depressed) dad to live with me, and I struggle daily to make sure I don't fall into the hole with him, but instead be the model he so desperately needs, to show him that life is good and beautiful, even if you have to look hard some days.

Thanks for your wise words. They were appreciated today. :)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you Carol. I give you a lot of credit for consciously choosing to be a role model despite how difficult it must be. Hugs to you.