It Seems Like a Good Day to Talk About Gratitude

Brent Baldwin

As a matter of fact, every day is a good day to practice gratitude. I use the word “practice” quite purposefully here. Gratitude, as an ongoing mindful activity needs to be practiced over and over with purpose, embraced consistently, and acknowledged often.

It doesn’t have to take hours it can take just seconds. Taking time from your busy day and sitting in a state of gratitude has important advantages. It is essential to our health; physically, mentally and socially. There is no downside to gratitude yet we are often out of sync with it, concentrating on challenges and things that cause consternation in our lives. We prioritize problems and devote endless energy to things we have little or no control over. Acceptance of stuff we can’t change gives us an absolute freedom. Changing perspectives and choosing to live, accepting the things we can’t change frees up vast amounts of time that could be used being grateful.

Being grateful is seeing beauty in the little things.

Seeing small blessings as gifts and not as inconsequential moments. Be thankful for the things that challenge you or cause discomfort. Be grateful for the opportunity to exercise compassion or to accept the possibility to challenge our beliefs, or to choose to see an annoyance differently. Remember thinking outside the box is an inside job.

Being grateful is not being naive

Nor is it irresponsible, it is not an excuse to be in denial or a state of avoidance. Things happen, and sometimes they are unpleasant and indeed have to be dealt with immediately; so what do you do ~ you deal with them, let’s not be foolish here.

Life will still put you in situations of discomfort and even pain and suffering,

Robert Emmons in his book Gratitude Works says;

“Science suggests we can cultivate or maintain an attitude of gratitude through hard times, and that we’ll be better for it.’

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