Learning to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a time in which we are encouraged to reflect on our lives and give thanks for the good things and good people in it. It is a time to give thanks for the countless moments of food fortune and blessings we received throughout the year.

Learning to give thanks is really just living life being grateful, no matter what happens. When we live our lives with an attitude of gratitude, the negative things that happen are less likely to bring us down or derail our positive goals.

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen

Does being grateful on a daily basis really make a difference? Absolutely! Our world is full of negativity and a positive, grateful person stands out! Being grateful makes getting through the difficulties of life easier, as well. When the world is viewed through glasses of optimism and thankfulness, when the bad times come we remain grounded instead of getting all caught up in the emotion of the moment. Being grateful gives us stability.

Being grateful is not easy, but it gets easier with practice. Begin by starting a gratitude journal. Write only positive things in it, nothing negative. You don’t have to use a lot of words or endlessly pontificate on the mysteries of the universe, either. Keep it simple. I’m grateful I have a good relationship with my sister, or, I’m grateful my flight departed on time. Try to look at negative events and spin them to be positive. For example, If I hadn’t lost my job last year, I would never have started my own business, which I love!

Learning to give thanks is a powerful tool. Becoming a grateful person affects not only you, but the people around you as well. Use Thanksgiving as a springboard to thankfulness!

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