Being thankful changes your attitude. Plain and simple.
It’s easy to get caught up thinking about what’s wrong with a person or situation. A lot of people are stuck in a cycle of nit-picking, complaining and bitching about things.
No matter what is going on, or what is wrong, there is always something to be grateful and thankful for. You simply must train yourself to start thinking about the good, instead of the bad. Like, when your tires all of a sudden need to be replaced…instead of bitching about how “inconvenient” it is, simply be thankful that you can even afford and drive a car. Or, when your shoulder is hurting, you can instead be thankful that you have other body parts that are functioning and strong.
This takes constant practice. If you want to improve your life, you will always need to work on your outlook and perspective.
Here’s something you can try
1. For 5-10 minutes, lay down and relax. Take some deep breaths and focus on all of the experiences, opportunities, people/relationships that you are thankful for and appreciate. – External gratitude
2. For the next 5-10 minutes, continue to be still and focus on deep breaths. Focus on all of the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical things that you are thankful for about yourself. Take this time to realize how blessed you are to be you and to be capable of doing amazing things. – Internal gratitude
If you’re not used to doing this type of thing, it can be kinda weird at first. Start with a shorter session and you may want to journal your thoughts before or after. Once you get used to it, it’ll be easier to get to that place where you can be more positive, grateful, thankful, and aware of your gifts and blessings.
I think it makes a hell of a difference to consistently practice thankfulness no matter what’s going on. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s cool too. Just try it out and see!
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