Gratitude=Great Attitude

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We've all heard the old adage "Count your blessings" but do we ever really consider what that means, or the wisdom behind it?  It's more than just a cliché to throw out there whenever disaster strikes somewhere else.  It's something that should be a part of our daily lives.  It's gratitude, folks, and it has the power to change your life.

Gratitude Journal
Keep a gratitude journal to remind
yourself just how lucky you are!

        Gratitude is the opposite of lacking.  Lacking is a negative feeling, and negative feelings spawn negative results.    When we focus on those things which we do not have, we are inviting negativity into our lives.  We need to reverse our way of thinking and learn to focus on what we do have.

        Gratitude is hard for some people.  In a world where material posessions rule and competition is feirce, it can be difficult not to measure our success or failure against how much we have.  This is distracting.    Sometimes just finding the time in our hectic lives to be thoughful can prove near impossible.  The best advise I can offer is to start simple.  Focus on the basics, like food and shelter, and build on it.  I am not just grateful for food to eat and sustain me; I am grateful also for healthy options and local farms and occasional sweets.  I am grateful for the culinary experts who create new, delicious recipes for me to try.  I am grateful to share my love of baking with my children and teach them a useful skill.  It's endless, and once you get started it flows qute readily.

A great way to collect your thoughts is to keep a gratitude journal.  Dedicate an entire notebook to your reflections of gratitude and try to write in it every day.  Some days you will have paragraphs, even pages, and some days there may only be one sentence.  Either way, it gives you something tangible to focus on and forces you to dedicate even just a few minutes to the positivity in your life.  Soon you will find yourself looking always to the positive, and in turn, attracting more positivity into your life.

     What are YOU grateful for today?
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