Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting to Gratitude- Getting to YOUR Attitude of Gratitude

How to find YOUR Attitude of Gratitude.

There are many different ways that a person can cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude. Just one of these things will start you on your own path and as it becomes habit, you can add another and another. These are just a few of the ways that I kick my gratitude into gear when I am feeling down or feeling the negativity creeping in to my life.

1.Give yourself a few moments each day to think back over your day and give thanks for the best thing that happened to you.

2.Start a gratitude journal. Whether on-line or on paper, when you write down the things that you are grateful for they become concrete and powerful.

3.Change your perspective. When you are having a bad day or are feeling negative- STOP. Take whatever is bothering you and think of ways that it might be worse. Realize that while your problem IS a problem- you are fortunate that it isn't worse.
  • 1. Did you have a bad day at work? You have a job and many don't.
  • 2.Do you have the flu? You don't have pneumonia!
  • 3.Kids driving you crazy? They are healthy, they are yours and they love you.
  • 4.Roof sprung a leak? You have a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in tonight.
See what I mean? Any situation can be turned around if you stop and think about it and find the blessings inside it.

4.Use post-its to remind you. On your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on your steering wheel or any surface that you see on a regular basis, post this sentence: “Right now I am grateful for_______”

These are just a few of the ways that you can begin to bring gratitude into your life.  If you are stuck for ideas on things to be grateful for- I suggest Googleing it.  Gratitude has become a huge movement and there are pages galore with things that folks are grateful for. 

1 comment:

rheumablog said...

This series of posts about how you got started on your journey through life with RA, and your strength and spirit in finding optimism in the face of pain and disability was wonderful, Jules. It's easy to dismiss people with good, positive attitudes about hardship as "pollyannas" or as frivolous, but that's a wrongheaded perception. It takes a great deal of bravery and a sort of quiet, inner strength to look for and accept with grace the gifts life offers us even when we're NOT in pain, let alone when we are.

You're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for suggesting ways for others to join you in your "attitude of gratitude."