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THOUGHTS ON BEING GRATEFUL AND APPRECIATIVE

One recurring attribute of people who have happiness (or inner peace and contentment) is the attribute of being grateful and appreciative for what is all around them. This is an attribute that all
of us could well cultivate, for it changes how we feel.

* Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.

* Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a
home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

* You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law:
the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

* Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

* Gratitude creates the most wonderful feeling. It can resolve disputes. It can strengthen friendships. And it makes us better people.

* Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

* If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

* When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.

* Gratefulness and simple living go hand in hand. When we are grateful, we appreciate life’s free gifts: friendship and solitude; movement and rest; Nature’s bounty and her spare winter introversion;
our own alternating sonata movements of joy, sorrow, and joy’s
resurgence. Through this appreciation, we find contentment.

* Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful
heart.

* Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and
stress. The disposition toward gratitude appears to enhance pleasant
feeling states more than it diminishes unpleasant emotions. Grateful
people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.

 

(Posted on November 26, 2009 by The Fitness Underground)

 


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Comment by Quinn on March 8, 2011 at 8:27am

My father taught me about gratitude from a young age. I am grateful for that :-).

Call me Pollyanna if you will, I consider it to be a compliment.

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