Thursday, April 17, 2008

How do you count?

How do you count your blessings—and how has a grateful outlook impacted your mood and your health? Are we thanking God when we are coasting, and living the good life, or are we finding fault in what we were blessed with, always asking for more?

Even in the most difficult situation, there are plenty of reasons for sincere gratitude. Instead of cursing your problems, take a moment to count your blessings, and give your energy to the blessings rather than the problems.

Just imagine how much positive value you will add when you focus on gratitude before each interaction. Consider how much more effective your work will be when you find something to sincerely appreciate in everything you do.

The more profoundly you appreciate something in your life, the more value you give to it. In every direction you look, there is something for which you can be sincerely thankful.

Gratitude truly opens your eyes to the incredible abundance that is all around you.

Stop right now and think of five things in your life for which you are thankful. It should be fairly easy to come up with at least five. If you're having trouble, start with life itself, the beauty of the world around you, the opportunity to learn and grow. Consider your family, friends, people who sincerely care about you, your work, your faith, your home, your community, the joys you've known, the things you have to look forward to.

Think of five things for which you're grateful. Dwell on them for a moment and consider how richly blessed you are. Find five ways to be thankful, and you've discovered five ways to propel your life toward even greater joy and fulfillment. Because abundance begins with gratitude. The more we focus on the positive side of life, the more positive life becomes.

Whatever disappointments you may have, there is always something for which to be thankful. Appreciate the good things, and they will grow.

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