There’s just something about being grateful that can truly uplift you in your daily life. Finding appreciation in the little things can make all the difference in helping you discover or rediscover your zest.
The power of a simple thank you can go much further than you might ever imagine. But first, you must put forth the effort.
Why is it so easy to point out the negative in a situation rather than finding the positive? Maybe it’s the way the human brain is wired or what society has taught us. The good news is you can rewire your thoughts through conscious decisions.
Saying “thank you” is a simple self-reminder of all the good in your life. Sometimes you have to stop and remember it could be much worse and there are others out there who are far less fortunate than you.
The lesson here is you must reframe your attitude and it starts with saying “thanks.” Zig Ziglar once said, “The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for.” Be appreciative today and the positive will multiply tomorrow.
Instead of complaining you are tired in the morning, wake up and thank God that you were able to live another day. Rather than dreading another work day that lies ahead, give thanks for you have a job and an income which will provide for you (and/or your family). At dinner time, remind yourself you have food that nourishes your body. Instead of stressing over your house/apartment bill, remember it’s provides a roof over your head. Most importantly, thank someone close to you for being in your life. Maybe it’s your significant other, a friend or a family member; let them know you appreciate them for whatever it may be.
Or how about say thank you for the small things throughout your day. When someone holds the door open for you, tell them you appreciate it with some conviction in your voice. What about on the road when someone lets you squeeze in front of them while changing lanes? Throw up the “thank you wave” and actually mean it. Or how about when someone lends you a helping hand? If you open up your eyes to see all that you have to be thankful for you will find the world has so much to offer.
One of Ziglar’s famous examples goes: “There was a young woman who hated her job, but one day she decided she was going to wake up every morning and think of all the things she liked about her job. Sooner than later, she started to love her job.”
I challenge you to thank 5 different people today. See how you feel when you extend that gratitude to each person. More importantly, see how they respond and how it can create a ripple effect to positively impact others. The power of gratitude doesn’t stop there; you can infuse into your daily life with little effort really. You can write your gratitude list every day and incorporate it into your morning routine or just before your retire for the evening. If you find that you’re scrambling in the morning or ready to pass out face first on your bed after a busy day of work, schools, kids…life, find a way that works for you. Usually the only time I have to myself is on my way to/from work. I say out loud all of the things I’m grateful for and I can really see a boost in my attitude and overall energy.
Try this little “experiment”, you have nothing to lose.
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