An Attitude of Gratitude

I am reading this book called The Goddess of Happiness A Down-to Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss by Debbie Gisonni. It is a quick read and each chapter focuses on a different aspect of being happy like:

  • Open your mind and heart
  • Lighten UP!
  • Forgive and Forget
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Have Patience and 39 more great ideas

I just finished reading the chapter on Being Thankful. In the book, Debbie offers five ways to be thankful:

  1. No matter how bad a day you are having, think of one thing for which to be thankful.
  2. Say “thank you” to people as often as possible…and mean it.
  3. Send “thank you” cards or notes after receiving or attending dinners, gifts, parties, hospitality, advice, friendship and business.
  4. Thank your children for being in your life and teach them the value of gratitude.
  5. Think of all those people who would trade their lives for yours in a second.

What are you most thankful for?

 The last one struck me hard. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in all that is on our plate that we forget about the fact that there are others that would give anything to have our lives. As busy and stressful and hectic as our lives may be, there are so many others that have so little.

Each day is a gift. What can we find about today to be thankful for?  Carly Simon, pop singer, started a tradition of making sure she found one thing each day to take a photograph of. Something that was beautiful or unusual or special or inspiring.  She said that often times the day would get away from her and before she knew it, the day was over and she’d not taking a picture. So she would turn the camera on herself and snap a self portrait. She found the beauty that was her and knew that she was thankful and grateful for her life.

The idea of sending thank you notes or cards is also a great one. Most people now fall back on sending an email or a text of thanks but imagine how unexpected and joyful it would be to find a real life “snail mail” card, handwritten by you with a special message of thanks.

It doesn’t take that long. It doesn’t have to be on a fancy card – plain paper will do the trick. Most of our mailboxes are filled with ads or bills or political news. How fun it would be to know that your friend or coworker or customer was receiving a handwritten note of thanks from you.

At the end of the chapter on thanks, Debbie Gisonni says

Think it. Say it. Feel it.  I am embraced by gratitude every day.

 What are you grateful for? Surely you are grateful for life and health and family and a job or career, your home and friends. But what else? Sunsets? Chocolate? Long walks with a favorite companion or pet? Warm towels from the dryer? New underwear? Clean sheets? There are so many things to be thankful for. 

Stop right now and start to make a list.  Share your favorites on our Facebook page. Adopt an attitude of gratitude and feel your heart fill with happiness.