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4 ways to make the power of gr(e)atitude work

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So, 3 (times 4) good things today:

Find / Remember / Recognize / Thank (at least):

  • 3 people that I’m grateful to have in my life.
  • 3 abilities that I’m glad I have
  • 3 things I’m grateful I achieved
  • 3 things I’m grateful to have/happen around

Also related to a former post, here’s a good part from an article wrote by David J. Pollay on the Positive Psychology News Daily site:

Gratitude Is a Bridge to Your Positive Future ©

Gratitude provides you with the courage to pursue your ambition in life.  Gratitude reminds you of everything that you have; what you remember strengthens your bridge to a positive future.  And there are four key ways to reinforce your foundation of gratitude.

A Reminder of Your Key People

First, gratitude reminds you of all the key people in your life.  Think of these individuals now.  Who are the people who advise you?  Who are the people who challenge you?  Who are the people who set you straight when you veer off course?  And who are the people who give you a hug when you need one?  Be grateful for these people; strengthen your bridge.

A Reminder of Your Strengths

Second, gratitude reminds you of your strengths.  Think of what comes naturally to you.  What do you do well?  What do you enjoy doing?  What do others say you excel in?  What are your gifts?  Be grateful for what makes you unique; strengthen your bridge.

A Reminder of Your Achievements

Third, gratitude reminds you of what you have achieved.  Think about what you have accomplished in your life.  What goals have you met?  What successes have you enjoyed?  Be grateful for your achievements; strengthen your bridge.

A Reminder of the Wonders Around You

Finally, gratitude reminds you of the wonders around you:  the warmth of the sun, the glow of the moon and stars, the current of a river, the ripples of a lake, the waves of an ocean, the comfort of a breeze, the colors of flowers, the majesty of tall trees, the utility of buildings, the speed of planes, and the power of trains.  Be grateful for the miracles of nature and the wondrous products of man; strengthen your bridge.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian, pastor, and Nazi resister, wrote about gratitude in this way:  “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”  When you fill your life with gratitude, you will experience the feeling of abundance in your relationships, your strengths, your achievements, and everything that is miraculous and powerful around you.

Written by flowingly

November 3, 2008 at 16:55

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