The art of Gratitude

Did you know that there are several studies that show an association between gratitude and an individual’s well-being? A grateful heart is linked to greater happiness, better health, and the ability to deal with adversity. How can you go about developing a grateful heart?  You have to train your mind to be grateful even for things we take for granted.  For example, waking up each day. As you read this, someone is taking their last breath. So be grateful that you woke up this morning. Be grateful that you can read this message because at one point African – Americans were prohibited from learning how to read and write.

If you are still having a hard time finding a reason to be grateful, try this 30 day challenge. For 30 days, carry a notepad with you or use your phone to record the things you are grateful for throughout the day. It won’t take long before you realize that there are some many things to be grateful about. I am sure you will have more than five things on your list.

Each morning and evening I thank God for his blessings. I am grateful to God for allowing me to see the New Year. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for my health. I am grateful for my friends. The list goes on.

Develop a grateful heart and see blessings pour into your life. So seek reasons to be grateful and you will be grateful.

Comments (8)

  1. Tiffani G. from MyMommyVents:

    There’s so much to be grateful for that we often overlook. Even the most basic things, like running water and being able to access the internet, are reasons to give thanks. Each week, the ladies of Mind Right Monday post their goals for the week and the things they’re grateful for — you should join in!

  2. Teri:

    Good reminder. So easy to take life for granted, much less the blessings it contains. Great post. Perfect length, well-written and straight to the point. Just tweeted.

  3. Nikki Frank-Hamilton:

    In the last few years we have had some pretty devastating things happen in our little family. But through the whole journey we have felt God with us, that makes for a grateful day everyday. It gets us through and we can count on it for each coming day. Thanks!

  4. Felecia Efriann:

    Such a neat and simple way to get in the habit of being thankful for everything God has place in your life. Writing it down is wonderful because you can go back and look at it when you have a rough day. 🙂

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