Lifestyle Virtue & Inspiration

Living a Life of Gratitude

As I reflect on Thanksgiving day, I began to think on all that I am grateful for during this season.  Then I realize that I don’t take enough time to truly reflect on my life and enjoy  the bountiful of  blessings that surround me.  I think that I really do good job at expressing gratitude to people, whether it be through words or gifts.  However, I must admit that I am usually too focused on the business of life and too busy to really admire and express my gratitude for the harvest of blessings that I have been fortunate to receive.  This is not about boasting are bragging for me but truly about expressing authentic gratitude on a daily basis.

There are studies that show that living a life of gratitude  has mental, emotional, and  physical health benefits.  Having a mindset of gratitude also makes you a happier person.  Instead of focusing on negative things and having a negative attitude, you naturally began to think positively.  This may seem like just a small task to complete but I think it can be a very rewarding task and produce more peace in your life.  The greatest reward of gratitude for me will be the positive environment that will be produced from a living a life of gratitude, such as reaping what you think and say.  Proverbs 23:7

So how will I apply this to my life?  I want to be more conscious and aware of how blessed I am, to maintain a positive attitude on a daily basis and live a life of gratitude.  Here are a few ways that I or even you can practice a life of gratitude:

  1. Keep a journal, writing 5 things you are grateful for from the previous week.
  2. Keep a journal, in which you reflect on one thing you are grateful for daily.
  3. Demonstrate acts of gratitude.
  4. Express gratefulness to God for at least one thing every day.
  5. Write about experiences, both good and bad, and focus on something to be thankful for in the outcome of the situation.

 

I think that I will at least commit to #4 and I am going to start a Gratitude Journal and commit to doing a combination of #1,2,3, & 5 for at least a year.  I look forward to sharing my results with you, periodically.  Stay tuned.

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