“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward
With Thanksgiving celebrated in many parts of the world, it’s appropriate to write about Gratitude this week, however; wouldn’t it be better to practice this EVERY day? When I discovered Brother David Steindl-Rast this year, I shared it in my Science & Practice of Happiness ‘playshops’ immediately! I am grateful!
Although Gratitude is a simple word that has been even more popularized over recent years, it’s deeper meaning might elude us. It’s like the subtle difference between ‘Thanks’ and ‘Thank you’. In fact, Gratitude has become such a keyword in the science of happiness and positive psychology that there are now Ted Talks, YouTube videos, meditations and apps that help raise awareness of this practice. No, Thanksgiving is not about Black Friday Deals or any form of commercialism!
So, what does it mean to YOU? Write three things you are grateful for today. Let me begin. Gratitude really does have several meanings from being described as a ‘state’, an emotion and even an act, a skill, an attitude. For me, it’s the simplest things I’m first grateful for the moment I wake:
- I’m grateful for another day to be alive!
- to be healthy and happy!
- and to be able to make choices on how I want to live my life!
“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you.” –Brian Tracy
By making choices, I mean that we ALL have choices on how we may feel, how we’ll react and behave to things happening around and outside of us. We are NOT stuck in the belief that there is no choice, that life happens to us, not for us. We often feel that we have control over a few things in life. I choose to be grateful for the ‘gift’s and challenges that help me become better able to help others.
I’m especially grateful for one of the most powerful techniques I’ve learned that continues to help me heal my relationship with my father. As a coach, I learned that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to healing. There are things that we cannot change in relation to how other people think, feel or act. Hard to help people if they don’t want to be helped or perhaps an opportunity to learn the act of allowing!
What I’ve learned is that ‘allowing people and circumstances to happen’ contrary to ‘wanting things to happen’ gave me a sense of peace. More on ‘allowing’ later! Living your life to the fullest means embracing this concept of being grateful every moment despite the challenges. You’ll see benefits once you believe and practice this!
“the art of letting go and the art of allowing have given me peace” -Mag Secretario
If you’re challenged with finding three things to be grateful for today, please reach out and let’s chat!
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