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Four ways to create an attitude of gratitude

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An attitude of gratitude

Let’s look at four ways you can create an attitude of gratitude. How do you look at life? Do you find yourself complaining about every little thing? Do you have a long list that goes on and on? Job stress, friend problems, a dysfunctional family, the weather, and so on? When you wake up and find something to complain about, that is how your day will be. You may have already heard of the ‘law of attraction,’ which says that what you focus on and where you put your energy is what you will get. In other words, you create your reality.

What would happen if, instead of waking up complaining, you opened your eyes and gave thanks for your life? Just that slight shift in your attitude from complaint to gratitude can make you more aware of the pleasures in your life and all the blessings around you. Gratitude will put your day-to-day experiences into perspective. View the good and the bad and move past the constant complaining. Let us look at four ways to do that.

No. 1 – Start with a Gratitude Journal

Start to handle your day differently than you have been. Take a minute to stop and smell the roses. In other words, stop rushing through your day. Stop yourself before the negative feelings start to take hold. Stop, breathe, look around, and find something beautiful to absorb. Nature is always great, but if you are nowhere near open spaces, perhaps there is a child or a piece of art to catch your attention. Focus on it and breathe.

No. 2 – Take time to stop and smell the roses

Start to handle your day differently than you have been. Take a minute to stop and smell the roses. In other words, stop rushing through your day. Stop yourself before the negative feelings start to take hold. Stop, breathe, look around, and find something beautiful to absorb. Nature is always great, but if you are nowhere near open spaces, perhaps there is a child or a piece of art to catch your attention. Focus on it and breathe.

No. 3 – Turn a negative into a positive

Turning a negative into a positive can be difficult at first. However, if you continue being positive, it will benefit you greatly. Before you allow yourself to get upset, stop yourself, and think it through with a positive attitude. You might have to meditate on it; you might have to get yourself into a calm state before you address the situation – whatever it takes. Take a minute to look for the good in any circumstance.

No. 4 – Give a compliment

Share kindness with those around you. Say something nice to a stranger or a friend. Spread the love and lift another human being. You will make their day and yours too.

Now you have four ways to create an attitude of gratitude. It is not that hard!

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