It sounds very noble, doesn’t it?
To practice Gratitude.
It has that wonderful aura of something ancient and mystical.
Like a magical sprite in a fairytale that flits hither and thither, turning darkness into light, pain to joy, sorrow to happiness.
In fact it’s been touted as such a cure-all for difficult times and misfortune that it’s becoming something of a joke. A parody.
Just another ‘new age fad’, like hot yoga, or positive thinking. Or coconut oil.
And I confess, I thought the same.
Until I actually looked at the concept of gratitude closer and realized the times I truly appreciated things, all else seemed lighter around me.
The magic of gratitude is that it gives you an instant shift of focus. When you’re thankful, you cannot be angry or depressed at the same time. The gratitude mindset creates some breathing space from your negative emotions, improving your overall well-being.
Some tips for practicing gratitude
- Do your gratitude practice first thing in the morning
- Write down things you’re grateful for
- Try and make your list be about different items
- Notice during the day how often you say “thank you” to others
- Recollect unpleasant experiences from the past and see how your life has changed
Let me share with you some of my favorite quotes on gratitude and being thankful.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.Epicurus
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.Margaret Cousins
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.Thornton Wilder
Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.Amy Collette
The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.Hannah Whitall Smith
Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.John Ortberg
What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.Brené Brown
Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.Rumi
The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.Douglas Wood
It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.Germany Kent
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.Melody Beattie