Friday, April 18th, 2014

Attitude of Gratitude Equals Happiness

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November is a month for where at least one day of the whole year is dedicated to Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is something you do or say to show what you are grateful for. We say, thank you for doing that for me; or I am thankful I have a job; we prepare a big dinner and give thanks for this great country we live in. etc.

Having gratitude and feeling grateful is different. The definition of gratitude in Webster’s Dictionary is: a feeling of thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received.

Being able to feel gratitude is a major source of joy in life. It is one of the most important things that causes a person to be happy, positive and optimistic and have the right perspective in spite of what other negative things or problems that may also be going on in their life.

If gratitude is so important to maximizing joy and happiness in life don’t you think you should know what all you are grateful for? Wouldn’t it be wise and uplifting to constantly be able to see all the things that are good in you life? This is especially important when we are down, beat up discouraged, or having serious challenges.

Here is a fun exercise that is quite rewarding and many times an eye opener for people.

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Make a list of EVERYTHING you can think of that you are grateful for. I am sure the length of that list will surprise you.

During one of the toughest times in my life when things were going badly I decided to see what I had to be grateful for in spite of the problems and difficulty I was experiencing at that time. I was surprised at how many good things I had going for me.

I want to share that list, or at least part of it, with you so you can get an idea of the gazillion things you have to be grateful for as well.

Here is why I have an attitude of gratitude. I am grateful that:

  • I am still alive;
  • that I have food to eat every day and clean water to drink;
  • that I can shower whenever I want;
  • that I am basically healthy;
  • that my wife is still in love with me I and I her;
  • that I have a car;
  • that I have always had a place to sleep;
  • a home, a nice bed and furniture;
  • that I have lots of fun possessions that make me happy;
  • that I have the internet;
  • that I have glasses so I can see clearly;
  • that I have a life insurance policy so in case I die my wife and family are taken care of;
  • that all my children are happy and well adjusted adults;
  • that we all have great relationships with each other;
  • that I have dear friends; that I can laugh and play;
  • that I found God and that He loves me;
  • that have a relationship with Him;
  • that I have been protected from major accidents;
  • that my business is successful;
  • that I love what I do for an income;
  • that I am free;
  • that I have been blessed and taught by others in ways that changed my life forever;
  • that God answers my prayers;
  • that I am able to bless others with the knowledge and wisdom I have been blessed with;
  • that I have two books published and one is a best seller;
  • that I have difficulties for they made me strong;
  • that I have problems for the force me to find solutions which develops wisdom;
  • that I know how to work;
  • that I have had to face dangers for they taught me about courage;

Make your own list. Put down the smallest details.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised what all you have to grateful for!

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9 Responses to “Attitude of Gratitude Equals Happiness”
  1. Yes Jack similar minds :-) totally agree with embracing “attitude of gratitude” is one of the basic rules to exponential success in all areas of our lives.

    We all have so much to be grateful for. If I may share my mantra for today “I breathe attitude of gratitude… i breathe attitude of gratitude, i breathe attitude of gratitude…”

    In love and gratitude

    Jhet aka Juliet van Ruyven

  2. latha says:

    thanks dear jack..it’s an eye opener indeed to know that there are plenty of things in the Earth that we felt thankful for….

  3. Sean Parker says:

    You know Jack, whatever pointers you have mentioned in the read that we have to grateful for simply shows us how lucky we are to have access to most of them. However when we compare ourselves with the affluent class, all we get are reasons to be unhappy and situations to crib at. But when we are grateful with what we possess, we somewhere attain a sense of compassion within us.

  4. Truly, the attitude of attitude makes one happy because the person will be able to appreciate positive things or events. You have several things to be grateful for. Great for you! Keep it up!

  5. vasu says:

    keep our eyes open wide so we and others can see all the great blessings and things we have to be thankful

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