Gratitude comes in many forms throughout the year. People are most thankful for their families, friends, having a roof over their heads, their health, their jobs and so forth on Thanksgiving Day. As people know, there are many more things to be thankful for and it’s the little things that people overlook.
Here are five ways to express gratitude every day of the year.
Say Thank You Often
Did you thank the barista even though she made a mistake on your order at Starbucks today? Did you thank your children for cleaning up their rooms without being told? Did you thank your spouse for helping the kids with their homework, feeding and bathing the younger ones when you had a project deadline for a client? These are examples of how we may forget to say thank you for the things we expect people to do because it’s their job or it’s a part of their joint responsibility.
Write Thank You Notes
Thank you notes go a long way and they are great keepsakes. The note doesn’t have to be elaborate. A simple thank you can warm up anybody’s heart. For a person to take the time to go out and buy stationary, write something, stamp it and mail it is a huge gesture of gratitude.
Speak and Think Positively
It’s easier to speak negatively of something or of someone. Often times late breaking news on TV means something bad has happened. There’s enough negativity in the world, it’s nice to hear people speak positively no matter what’s happening in their lives. Positive people lead happier lives than those who think and act negatively.
It takes practice to be conscious of what you say and how you say it. When it sounds negative, change it so it becomes positive.
Think of the last time you were feeling down in the dumps. Everything you did that day probably went wrong. One bad thing led to another and you wonder if you’d get through that day. Stop and turn it around. Be grateful for what you have at the moment. Look at the obstacle and accept it as a challenge for you to learn and make it better. Being positive enriches your life and good things can happen.
Instead of judging people and criticizing them for what they do wrong, show them how to make it right. Too often people are quick to point the finger. When you help another, more often than not the favor is returned.
Life is a bouquet of roses…with thorns. Without thorns, life would be boring and unchallenging. We wouldn’t know what being thankful is. Don’t dwell on what you don’t have, but appreciate and be thankful the things you do have.
O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! – Psalm 107:1 (amplified)
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