Just an Attitude of Gratitude

November 23, 2014

I know Thanksgiving is coming up for North Americans, but I think practicing gratitude should be a yearly thing, not just that one time in November. 

Being grateful for the things and people in your life can really take a toll on how you address other situations.

So, here are three ways I recommend to anyone looking to be grateful.

1. Different points of views

Thinking about things from other people's perspectives can really help you notice the wonderful things you have in your life. Usually, we don't see things as they are, but instead we see them as we are. So, if we learn to see things how others would see them, we'll be able to fully appreciate all the things we take for granted. 

2. Keep a journal

Writing down little things that make you happy daily. Then, on a bad day, you'll be able to open a random page and see a wonderful thing that happened. This doesn't have to be written in a journal; on Tumblr, I saw people writing things on a small piece of paper, then saving them in a jar for a whole year. Then, once the year was up, they were able to read through the wonderful events they experienced.

3. Give compliments

“Do not offer a compliment and ask a favor at the same time. A compliment that is charged for is not valuable.”
Mark Twain

Compliments are a great way to cheer someone up, and simultaneously cheer you up, too! An important note though: the compliment has to be genuine! You'll have increased positivity, due to you noticing beautiful things around you. Focus on yourself takes a back seat, and you're able to appreciate the little things.

Those are just three small things you can adopt as part of your daily routine. Obviously there are a million and one ways to pracitce gratitude, but I hope these three things become the stepping stone to somewhere wonderful.

I hope anyone celebrating Thanksgiving has a great time, and I'll see you in the next one!

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