People who practice a consistent attitude of gratitude tend to be happier, healthier, more pleasant and good company. Gratitude is not only about being polite, but sincerely expressing thankfulness; even for the smallest things. Gratitude is similar to ‘paying it forward.’ It is a concept that rewards the future and just makes you feel better.
You may be thinking, “You can say anything right now. You don’t know what I have to go through in my daily life or what I have been through?” Yes, you are right, I don’t know. However, let me reassure you that everyone has problems in life, believe me! But when your life is in turmoil, this is the time when you have to be grateful that the situation isn’t worse than it is. There are people all over the world that have gone through various catastrophes such as a typhoon, hurricane, and thunderstorm. Some have lost everything. I mean everything materialistic. But guess what? They still have life and I bet those people are thankful for their being spared because there are others who did not make it through the catastrophe.
You also have to be thankful that you still have life and while there is life, there is hope. Gratitude has to be sincere. You don’t want to just go through the motion of saying thanks to make people feel good. Your heart has to be in it. The words and your actions must match.
When you are grateful for your very existence, then you are the kind of person who will want to help others all the time. Once you develop an attitude of gratitude, you will know how important we all are to each other. It will help you to build a resilience and caring attitude towards the people that you meet and those around you.
In fact, as Thanksgiving comes around each year, we will be meeting with our loved ones and being reminded of past memories. We will not only be thankful for the food on the table, but for still being around to celebrating this momentous occasion. Be mindful, though, that everyday should be considered a day of thanksgiving for all that we have achieved, who we are and for the people that we still have around us.
You can even show gratefulness to someone you don’t know. Gratitude should be a lifestyle; no reservations, discrimination or second thoughts. It should be natural to your very existence and your habits. You should take it wherever you go – always in your heart to display when it is needed. Always try to be the Good Samaritan throughout your journey in life. Do the unexpected, surprise others and be the person that others will be grateful to.
What will you be grateful for this Thanksgiving season and beyond? Is it family, your job, and your health or just about everything? Have you gained any insight from this article? We would love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments below.