What is gratitude? My dictionary defines it as ‘warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits provided; thankful.’
A grateful mindset lets you appreciate the good things that come into your life. Good things, when appreciated, lead to feelings of abundance and contentment. When things are not so good, thankfulness allows you to see bad things for what they are, bad, but also as opportunities to learn. Great lessons are often learned during our most difficult moments.
“It is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
– Steve Maraboli
When you actively look for reasons to be grateful, you will be amazed at how many you will start to find. It’s the same when you’re looking for anything in life like, for this example, red cars. When you start to actively search for red cars, your increased awareness means you tend to find what you are looking for. Red cars will start to turn up everywhere. Nothing has changed except that your awareness is focused on red cars. Red cars have always been around; you just never paid much attention to them before. Life doesn’t change; your mindset does. With any new mindset, what you think about, how you think about it and how you act can change. Different thoughts and different actions can lead eventually to different outcomes.
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
– Willie Nelson.
If you keep up a practice of gratitude it will gain momentum.
“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.”
– Christiane Northrup
Comparisons to others, with no gratitude, can often make us feel inadequate, lacking and jealous. With a grateful mindset, comparisons become irrelevant. When we find others in difficult circumstances, we feel empathy, compassion, and generosity. The world needs more of all of these attitudes! When we feel we have enough, it is much easier to share and offer help.
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
– Anthony Robins
With Thanksgiving here, what better time to practice a grateful mindset?
I am grateful for all the people in my life, both past, and present, for all that I am capable of doing and all the abundance that I have.
I am truly blessed to be a Canadian, living in Canada, today!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Pam Mirehouse, CDC®, Health and Wellness Coach, BSc. Hon. Biology
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