It’s now the end of 2017. Think back and count the number of times you felt truly grateful for someone or something. But first, let’s define gratitude.
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratitude also means counting your blessings, appreciating simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.
Now go back to the question: how many times did you feel really grateful towards someone or something this past twelve months? If you find yourself struggling a bit, don’t worry, you are not alone. While most of us are aware that gratitude is a “good thing” to feel, at times it can be challenging to focus on exactly what we’re grateful for. This is especially true if we happen to be going through a rough patch, indulging ourselves in self-pity, or focusing more on all the things that are missing in our lives rather than appreciating what we already have.
Gratitude brings a wealth of benefits: physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. Best of all, grateful people sleep better. Keep a “Grateful Diary” and write two or three things for which you are thankful for before you go to sleep.
Here’s my incomplete list of things that I feel truly grateful for…everyday:
- Being Alive – and having five good functioning senses
- Act of kindness – especially from strangers
- Books, broadband connection, Netflix
- Happy Customers
- Good food – never going hungry
- Clean water to drink and to shower with
- My business partner
- My cats
- My devoted and long-suffering employees
- My family – both here and afar
Now your turn. What do you feel grateful about? Share them with me by emailing me.
One more thing: instead of saying a half-hearted, “Thanks,” give a well thought out Thank You as you make eye contact, and this will often leave people feeling pretty good. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Best of health,