Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What Can an Attitude of Gratitude Do For You?

  What Can an Attitude of Gratitude Do For You?

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~-Melody Beattie

According to Oxford Advanced Lerner’s Dictionary, gratitude is the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks. Gratitude is the habit of looking for goodness in life and it is beneficial to your well-being in many ways:  

1.      A positive perspective: Being grateful means looking at the bright side of things in all situations. A positive outlook boosts your confidence in getting a solution in a challenging situation.  There is a certain feeling in you that an obstacle can be overcome.    

2.      Find courage in adversity: The time may be tough, but it is not at all gloom and doom. You count your blessings to weather the storm. You will hold tight until the situation gets better. You are not easily depressed and you will come out much stronger than before.  An attitude of gratitude provides more energy to cope with hard time and you also recover much faster.

3.      A great source of happiness: Gratefulness means you find yourself living in abundance and feeling good.  You are cheerful and you look forward to each new day with delightfulness. Happiness gets you more feelings of pleasure and joy in simple things.

4.      Hopeful and optimistic: Being optimistic and hopeful is the nature of grateful people. Whatever you do, you think more of getting things done successfully. When you plan, you worry less of the outcome.  

5.      Look for solutions instead of complaining: You are not easily upset by bad news. You will not dwell on a problem and complain about it. You accept the fact and go on to find a way out and go on with your life.

6.      Better relationships: You will always look for the best in other people instead of their shortcomings. You will also react to what you have heard from other with an open mind.  You are more compassionate and forgiving. You are more likely to be connected and outgoing.

7.      Peace of mind: As you find more reasons to feel good about life, your heart is filled with love and kindness. There are no negative emotions to disturb your peace of mind. Being grateful means less materialistic and find more satisfaction in life

Getting into an attitude of gratitude is to discover more good things in life.

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