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Living with a grateful heart. Can we find the beauty and hidden gifts in life?

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Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in our soul. Amy Collette

Today like every day is a day to be Grateful. No matter what is happening, it could be worse. We may look back at these times as the happy golden times before… We always need to be careful not to think the worst, but we also need to do what we can to make things the best.

Today is a good day to start if we haven’t been writing down or taking notice of what we have to be grateful for.  Are some people naturally more grateful and happy than others? It seems some people have a natural set point of gratitude and happiness. Do they view life differently than the rest of us? Is this something we can develop?

How do we become one of those people? How do we become a half-full cup kind of person instead of a half-empty type?

Thankful and grateful people focus on what they have, not on what they don’t have.

Thankful and grateful people admit they have more than they deserve.

Thankful and grateful people know thankfulness and gratitude is something we develop.

Thankful and grateful people gauge blessings by things other than money.

There are many things to be thankful for. We can count our blessings. We can name them one by one.

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Wendy Schmitz teaches a class on gratitude. When asked why a class on gratitude is needed? She replied, “Because we are living longer lives than any other group in history and how we live our lives affects our health, emotional well-being and the lives of those around us.”

The psychological research tells us the first step to becoming happier and more grateful is to make a decision to be happier and grateful. That sounds easy.

She shares four steps in her class to develop a happy and grateful mindset.

Journal daily. Focus on gratitude and note the little things that make our lives easier in our journaling. I journal but often my journal might look more like a complaint journal than a gratitude journal. It is a practice I value and it helps me to figure out what is going on in my life. How hard would it be to write down three things I am grateful for?

She recommends we write down three things we are grateful for twice a week or more.

Write a thank you letter to important people in our lives. We can’t just make a phone call? A letter can be read and reread, so it is the better thank you. We might give someone a pick-me-up by rereading our letter when they are looking for something to be grateful and happy for.

Watch videos that share the joy of gratitude.

In the book, You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought author Peter McWilliams tells us to find the funny in life. Watch funny movies, read funny books, and look on the bright side.

Jose Luis Caceres, an industrial engineer based in Madrid found himself struggling with a declining business. He began sending himself emails at the close of the day. “I would send myself an email every night with the things from that day that I should be thankful for, and I would read it the next day. Sometime later, I realized that it’s a very powerful form of psychological therapy. “

Are we living with a grateful heart? Are there practices we can put in place to be more grateful? Can we find the beauty and Hidden Gifts in life?

Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything. Alan Cohen

At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. Henry Ward Beecher

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you will come back and read some more. Have a blessed day filled with gratitude, joy, and love.

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