A gratitude attitude is one that’s thankful and appreciative of all aspects of life – good and bad, big and small. When gratitude becomes a habit, you’re automatically thankful because you firmly believe that things will eventually work out. Having an attitude of gratitude can reduce stress, boost your mood and give you a positive outlook for the future. It can have a ripple effect on the lives of others, boosting their happiness and morale as well. Here are a few ways to develop an attitude of gratitude in your life.
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Smile (A lot!)
Smiling not only makes you feel better, it actually improves your health by releasing hormones in your body that help relieve stress, reduce blood pressure, minimize pain and boost your immune health. Smiling keeps your mind focused on the good so you can be thankful, regardless of what’s happening around you.
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Start a Gratitude Journal or List
Start a gratitude journal to list the things you are thankful for daily. List the little things and the big, as it’s often the little things that make life special. Review your list at the end of the day to remind you just how much you have to be thankful for. You can also make a gratitude list each day or periodically and share it with someone in person, by phone, email or sometimes even text.
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Wake Up with Thanksgiving
Start the day with thanksgiving by naming five things you are thankful for as soon as you wake up – a good night’s sleep, a home, comfortable bed, soft pillows, good health, friends and family, etc. There’s no better way to start the day than with an attitude of gratitude. Try this for 14 days and how you feel, you will most likely want to do it again.
“Today, celebrate who you are.” “We can show our gratitude for life in even our smallest actions.” “Could it be that you’re who you are and where you are now for a reason?”
Take time to thank others for the positive impact they’ve had on your life. Call or write notes to thank people for their friendship, love, support, help or encouragement in your time of need. Your acknowledgment of others will remind you of how loved you are and will enrich the lives of others to help them feel thankful and loved. Saying thank you or I appreciate you can make a huge difference.
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Be Kind to Yourself
Be thankful for steps you’ve taken to overcome difficulties in your life, such as the death of a loved one or an addiction. Staying sober is a feat to be celebrated with thanksgiving. A gratitude attitude can help you succeed in recovery so you can look forward to a brighter future. Treat yourself well and be good to you.
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