If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.~ Eckhart Tolle
Try to humble yourself and hold a two minute gratitude session. Simply sit down or kneel, with no distractions, close your eyes, and think about what you are grateful for and who you are grateful for. You don’t have to do it every day, but let me tell you, on the days you do it, it will make you very happy.
Why should that be? Why should the simple act of thinking about who and what you are grateful for make such a big difference in your life?
Just a few reasons:
- It reminds you of the positive things in your life. It makes you happy about the people in your life, whether they’re loved ones or just a stranger you met who was kind to you in some ways.
- It turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful you have work. Be grateful you have challenges, and that life isn’t boring. Be grateful that you can learn from these challenges. Be thankful they make you a stronger person.
- It reminds you of what’s important. It’s hard to complain about the little things when you give thanks that your children are alive and healthy. It’s hard to get stressed out over paying bills when you are grateful there is a roof over your head.
- It reminds you to thank others. The simple act of saying “thank you” to someone can make a big difference in that person’s life. Calling them, emailing them, stopping by to say thank you and just taking that minute out of your life to tell them why you are grateful toward them is important to them. People like being appreciated for who they are and what they do. It costs you nothing but makes someone else happy. And making someone else happy will also make you happy. Simple acts of gratitude don’t cost you much (especially once you get over the initial discomfort some people feel with thanking others). But they can make a huge difference.
What you should thank for in your gratitude sessions? Thank your loved ones, for all they do to you. Thank strangers who’ve shown you little acts of kindness. Thank God, for the life he’s given you. Thank people around the world for the things they’ve done to make the world better. Thank yourself, for things that you’ve done because it’s important to recognize your own accomplishments.
If you want to live a life of gratitude, here are some suggestions:
- Morning gratitude session. Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks, to whoever or whatever you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do anything, other than close your eyes and silently give thanks. This one act can make a huge difference.
- Say thank you. When someone does something nice for you, however small, try to remember to say thank you. And really mean it.
- Call to say thanks. Sometimes you might think about something nice that someone did for you. When you do, pick up the phone and call the person to say thanks. Let them know what they did that you’re grateful for, and why you appreciate it. Takes a minute or two. If it’s too early to call, make a note to call later. Even better is telling them in person, if you happen to see them or if they’re on your route. Almost as good is a thank you email — keep it short and sweet.
- Give thanks for ‘negative’ things in your life. There are always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative.
- Learn a gratitude prayer. There are many prayers that can remind you to be grateful. Find one you like, and print it out or make it your desktop wallpaper. Here is one , I like….
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times, During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, They give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, It will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes, They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, It means you’ve made a difference.
Be thankful for the good things in your life, Life of fulfilment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.
Be thankful for your troubles, Gratitude will turn them into blessings.
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