“He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great
and a happy mind.” Thomas Secker
One of the things I will always be grateful for is having grown-up with a mother who taught me how to find happiness in the simple things of life.
Sometimes it’s difficult to be appreciative when your children have made a mess, and your husband has forgotten to throw out the trash- again. You don’t know what to fix for dinner, you have a headache and you’re exhausted.
It’s at times like this when we need to breathe in and breathe out, and focus on the good we have in life.
Being appreciative and grateful is a learned behavior. It takes practice because most of us tend to dwell on the negative in our life.
I believe that when we offer sincere appreciation for our blessings we invoke the power of the Law of Attraction.
In order for us to raise appreciative and grateful children we need to be appreciative and grateful adults.
Instead of envying the new car you neighbor is driving or the new house your co-worker just bought, bless them. Live your life genuinely happy for others.
Enjoy the richness and love you have in your life. Be grateful for your health, for the hug you get from your children before they walk out the door. Be grateful for your spouse and all that he or she does for your family.
When you get to work, instead of griping about your cramped office think about how lucky you are to have a job.
Next time, someone at work is rude to you before you respond, stop and appreciate and express thanks for this person’s difficult qualities, and think about what you are learning from him.
Appreciate the people who do nice things for you. Say thank you as often as you can. When you learn to do this you’ll notice that things will begin to bother you less.
Make a mental note of how often you have negative thoughts during the day and how often you complain in front of your family.
Model happiness, abundance and appreciation to your children. And when good things happen to you don’t apologize, enjoy it and be grateful.
Make appreciation a way of life and you will notice how it will bring out the best in the people around you.