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Gratitude – Essential to Happiness and Peace

Gratitude is the Right Attitude

Simply acknowledging things to be thankful for is real a game changer. You will surprise yourself with how your outlook and attitude will improve when you recognize and practice this happiness tool.

I am not an advocate of the ‘It could be worse’ crowd as a way for making you feel good that others are in worse shape.  It takes less energy to remind yourself of the good stuff in your life rather than comparing your lot in life with others.

You are guaranteed to be much happier and peaceful.

“Gratitude is the best attitude.”  ~Author Unknown

Practice Being Thankful

There are no shortages of things to be grateful for.  The problem is we take so much for granted that we overlook them.

You need to be conscious of the good things in your life!

We tend to acknowledge things, like health, only when there is a problem.  How about starting the day thankful you feel good? (Okay, after a few cups of coffee!)

You can see, smell, talk, walk etc.  No small thing at all and it starts the day off in the right frame of mind.

On your way to work or play, take notice of the sun, clouds, trees, flowers, snow.. (opps, went overboard there!)  Being aware of and thankful of nature’s role in our world has a calming effect on our lives.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  ~Thornton Wilder

People In Our Lives

Gratitude is a sure relationship builder or saver.

We have many people in our lives, at times they may cause us angst or put a demand upon us.  It is important to balance this ‘heavy’ side of relationships with the other side of it.

First off, no one is perfect, rather than harping on the things a person may do that irritate us, remind yourself of all the good attributes a person may have and be thankful for them.  You will find that the exercise elevates the relationship dramatically and the annoyance factor dissipating.

It IS the Little Things!

Be thankful for little things, we tend to focus on negative things, which create negative vibes. I am sure we all have arrived at work complaining about the traffic, but did we ever use the time to think not of everything we need to get done that day but on someone we love, some pursuit we enjoy, a recent accomplishment….

Being grateful insulates us from the tendency the culture has towards negativity and the focus on what we do not have.

We must practice being grateful and happy with what already have rather than get pulled into the message that we need this and that to be happy.  You will find that being grateful actually enhances your  joy and growth opportunities.

Do it as soon as you finish this article and drop me a line on your thoughts.

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  ~Epictetus

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Balancing Act?

A bit more on the importance of maintaining a certain balance in life.

First off, while its not the same for everyone, its vital to submerse yourself in different activities/pursuits in order to lead a happy, healthy productive life.

Lets put together a possible list of six ‘buckets’ to draw on that can enhance your life:

Family/Friends, Faith/God, Work/Profession,

Art/Music, Hobbies/Pursuits, Exercise/Sport.

This seems so elementary, and it is but we all somehow struggle to strike a balance that handles our responsibilities and allows for our growth, relief and pleasure.  There have been tons of studies that confirm the basics; happy, well grounded people have a circle of trusted family and friends, a belief in God, hobbies that keep them interested and growing and engage in some physical activity that not only keeps them in good health but blows off some of the stress they experience.

Seems like a lot of things to ‘cram’ into a day already filled with a job and commute!  We’re all pressed for time and thus must ‘force‘ ourselves and schedules to accommodate much needed relief from a life consumed with work.

You’ve got to draft a plan and implement it!

GET SELFISH!

Set aside time for your hobby and stick to it, get God back in your life, get outside and exercise! Start by doing something you enjoy and make it a habit no matter what is happening.

Its not being selfish (with reason) to engage in an activity that gives you joy or health (physical or spiritual), as it makes you better suited to handle your responsibilities.

A quick word on those who think their job is their hobby or outlet, 99 percent of the time its just an excuse! (unless you are an artist and even those talented folks need an outlet)  Getting balanced or centered as the new age folk call it, demands you do something different!  START NOW, its easier than you believe!

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