“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”

Ralph Marston

 You have probably been grateful many times in your life, for instance when you had that brush with a near death experience. It stopped you in your tracks and suddenly made you feel grateful for simply being alive.

Small doses of Gratitude

A lot of the time, most of us face undue stress from our environment such as work, relationships and home. You may be thinking that it is rather difficult to sustain gratefulness when you are weighed down with life’s everyday burdens.

Sometimes we forget to be grateful which can make us become more negative. The ungrateful person focuses on the misery in his life. He closes off the avenue to freshness and wonders that he could grab if only he were thankful.

When you find yourself frustrated at life’s unfairness, just pause a moment and reflect on what you do have. You will find that there is indeed so much to be thankful for. Just look around yourself and take everything in at a slower pace. Things you have overlooked that help to maintain your everyday life.

Suggestions for starting to make that little change in life towards gratitude:

  1. Make a list or map of all the things working well for you.
  2. Take a few moments each day to say a silent prayer of gratitude.
  3. Be thankful for the lessons that life is teaching you patiently.

We certainly don’t need to shout from the rooftops when we are grateful, but sometimes you need to ask yourself, am I neglecting to thank those around me that are always there for us when I need them? What if all the other wonderful things you love were to be removed from your life? What would you be left with?

Gratitude is something we can all practice, whatever our belief system. Even when a small dose of gratitude is planted into your mind like a seed, your thoughts become all powerful and positive. Your mind begins to gear up for something wonderful.

Next time you are with someone you love or admire, take a few moments to let them know. It doesn’t have to be in words. You can say it with that extra lingering smile or even another type of loving gesture. Perhaps you are the card type – whatever it is – show your appreciation and you find that the warmth which radiates back will touch your soul.

Have you ever felt gratitude so strong that it becomes overpowering in a good warm way until you have that feeling of being at one with everything around you? That’s one of the enlightening moments in life that make you feel you belong. The more gratitude you have, the more at peace you become with your life.

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