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Gratitude…Today and Every Day

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

grat·i·tude
ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/

noun: gratitude

1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Benefits_of_GratitudeBe thankful for what you have as opposed to the consumerist desire for wants or needs.  It’s about giving without the expectation of receiving. There are benefits to having gratitude. If you intentionally cultivate giving thanks, you will increase well-being and happiness. In addition, it has been linked to increased levels of empathy, energy, and optimism. Be ready to express appreciation no matter the day or situation. You may discover a happier, healthier you. Here are 5 simple tips:

 

1. List 3 things you are thankful for each day.
These things can be very simple. It does not have to be anything exorbitant.  It can be having an umbrella when an unexpected rain comes along. Or someone smiles at you when you needed a little sunshine.

2. Share gratitude with others. If you are grateful for something or someone, tell them. Don’t miss the opportunity. You may not have another opportunity to share it. You make the person feel good as well as yourself. It can be infectious; encouraging others to pay it forward.

3. Reflect.
Take a few minutes at the end of each day to reflect. What are you thankful for? You can use this as a mindfulness exercise to focus energy toward positivity. Sit quietly for 5 minutes and center your attention on gratitude.

4. Send a Thank You note.
Handwrite (not type) a personal note to those you are thankful for in your life. You may be surprised that they didn’t know they made an impact. Tell them. They will be thankful. 

5. Be a blessing hunter.
Search for what you are grateful for. It’s there. Sometimes you have to search for it and sometimes it smacks you in the face. It’s the small things that are the biggest blessings.

Give thanks. Today. Every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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