“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Yesterday I spent an hour or so sending thank you messages to the nearly 200 folks who had sent me birthday greetings. Again I realized how fortunate I am to be connected to so many of you. When you become older and less active friendly relations become even more valued. So my friends I remain grateful for the fact that we are still connected.
Stopping to review the good things in life once in a while provides the foundation for being grateful for all you have. And you know what; gratitude can do wonders for your sense of wellbeing.
I recently read an article that offers tips on building your attitude of gratitude. I don’t know who wrote it but I am glad they shared their thoughts. Here it is:
Creating an EASY Gratitude Practice That WORKS
Most people would probably agree that a daily gratitude practice is beneficial and can change your life in powerful ways. But many people would also argue that it's a major challenge to keep up with a gratitude practice. It's not easy to feel grateful when you're overwhelmed by stress, negativity, and struggle.
If gratitude is so powerful, how come it doesn't always work? The problem is not with gratitude itself, but with how it is used.
Most gratitude exercises are purely mental. You think about something you are grateful for, maybe write it down, and then move on to the next item. There isn't much time or incentive to stimulate genuine FEELINGS of gratitude. And when it comes to gratitude, the feelings are the most important part!
If you're not feeling grateful - truly, deeply, GENUINELY grateful - nothing will change. You just spent a few minutes on an activity that's not going to get you the results you wanted. It's unfortunate, because a daily gratitude practice - when it's done RIGHT - can change your life in incredible ways. It can inspire you, empower you, strengthen you, make you more resilient, and just make you feel extremely happy. And those are just the inner changes.
A daily gratitude practice can also bring about amazing outer changes, like better health, more money, better relationships, and greater success. How can gratitude do all this?
Because gratitude helps shift your mindset from a negative place to a positive, empowered, optimistic place. When you feel empowered and optimistic, you take productive actions to improve your life, rather than destructive actions that will keep you stuck.
So, how can you create a daily gratitude practice that really WORKS for you and helps you to bring about all of these great changes?
The key lies in your feelings. You need to use gratitude exercises that actually make you FEEL grateful, rather than just THINKING about being grateful.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a Sheriff's Deputy. He thinks that he is smarter than the Deputy because he is sure that he has a better education. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the deputy's expense...Deputy says, "License and registration, please." Lawyer says, "What for?" Deputy says, "You didn't come to a complete stop at the stop sign .." Lawyer says, "I slowed down, and no one was coming." Deputy says, "You still didn't come to a complete stop.
License and registration, please." Lawyer says, "What's the difference?"
Deputy says, "The difference is, you have to come to a complete stop, that's the law. License and registration, please!" Lawyer says, "If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I'll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket, if not you let me go and no ticket." Deputy says, "Exit your vehicle, sir." At this point, the deputy takes out his nightstick and starts beating the ever-loving crap out of the lawyer and says: "Do you want me to stop or just slow down?"
Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.
I was at a party this weekend and a jokester, stifling a laugh said, "Listen to this: One day, Moskowitz and Finkelstein were going to..."
At this, my Jewish friend, Al Cohen said, "Moskowitz and Finkelstein; Moskowitz and Finkelstein; always two Jews. Why do they have to be Jewish? Can't you tell the joke with other nationalities involved? Why don't you make them Chinese for a change?"
The jokester, sobered and embarrassed, said, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to offend. Here's the joke: One day, Hong-lee Yang and Mao-chen Foo were going to the synagogue to attend the bar mitzvah of Hong-lee Yang's nephew..."
"I think the pilot on my last trip was pretty new to his job. I base that on his pre-flight announcement, 'We're going to be taking off in a few... Whoa, here we go!'"
A woman went to a computer dating service and said she didn't care about looks, income or background. All she wanted was a man of upright character. Then a man came in and told them the only thing he was seeking in a woman was intelligence. The service matched them together at once because they had one thing in common -- they were both pathological liars.
Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
According to my mother, she and Dad decided to start a family soon after he became an officer in the Air Force. When months went by without success, they consulted the base physician, who chose to examine Mom right then and there.
"Please disrobe," he told her.
"With him in the room??" she yelled, pointing to my father.
Turning to Dad, the doctor said, "Captain, I think I found the problem."
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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