When we embrace an attitude of gratitude, it becomes easier to be kind, frustrations don’t bother us so much, simple moments become extraordinary, mistakes become merely lessons, and those around us can feel our love a little more. These seven lessons can help you get into that groove of gratitude when it’s proving to be a difficult task.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie
Despite our struggles, and sometimes because of them, life remains a miracle to be grateful for. The fact that you’re alive and breathing and reading this and contemplating life—that’s a miracle. That’s pretty amazing, and important.
Through grief and strife, when everything seems to be going wrong, there is usually a lot going right. There’s a lot to appreciate. We can express how grateful we are in speech and in writing, and that can help us take our appreciation out into the world. Sometimes it’s easy to get into the mental and emotional state of gratitude, and sometimes it’s not. This post is for when it’s not so easy.
It’s quite difficult to believe that we have enough or are enough if we keep wanting more and more. An ungrateful approach to the present moment makes it hard to believe that there is enough comfort, security, excitement, peace, happiness, or anything else we want to experience. No matter what we do have, who we are, where we are, or what we’re experiencing, the simple truth persists that there is a reason to be grateful and it is up to us to cherish it.
A genuine attitude of gratitude involves truly enjoying what we have, who we are, and how good life really is–right now, no questions asked. As the Buddhist proverb goes, “enough is a feast.” There are times, though, when it takes a little more effort and inspiration to truly feel grateful for the life we’re living.
If you’re struggling to find heartfelt reasons to be grateful, these reminders may help you. They’re lessons I’ve learned through my own struggles, and when I’m finding it difficult to cultivate a genuine attitude of gratitude, I turn to these thoughts.
I hope they serve you.
7 Thoughts to Help You Cultivate a Genuine Attitude of Gratitude
1. My gratitude requires and is deserving of my awareness and effort.
To feel and express gratitude, I must focus my mind and my heart on my intention to live gratefully, joyfully.
2. My perspective is my power.
I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances. Are they curses or opportunities? Are they failures or unrecognized blessings? Is this an end or a new beginning?
3. All I have in this moment is all I need in my life.
All I need right now is the awareness of how blessed I really am. I am given whatever is most helpful for the evolution of my consciousness.
4. I can let this moment be what it is.
I can surrender to the current of life and let it energize my movement towards a more peaceful life. If I want to change what I see, I can wish not to change my external environment, but instead desire to alter my inner world. I can trust the process.
5. My happiness depends on how grateful I can be.
If I want to be happy, I must long to be right here, right now. And I recognize, too, that gratitude is more than a feeling–it’s a way of reconnecting with this moment, this life, myself, and all that I love.
6. The energy I give is the energy in which I live.
I must be the one to generate the gratitude for a happy life, and from this gratefulness will a happy life begin to materialize. What I give will come back to me.
7. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.
This situation does not need to be what I think it should be in order to be thanked. I might be learning a valuable lesson from these circumstances. I might be exactly where I need to be in order to live the life that’s worthy of my love and appreciation. I may not yet know how beautiful my life is right now, but I can be grateful to be here, now.
- Which of these thoughts reminded you that there’s still beauty worth appreciating in your life?
- Would you add anything to this list from your own experiences?
- What are you grateful for (having, being, learning, loving, etc.) right now?
- How do you get into a state of gratitude when it’s difficult to do so?
Please share your thoughts, lessons, insights, and grateful experiences with me in the comments.
Share these reminders with someone you care about who may need to read them.
An attitude of gratitude opens the door to more beauty, more love, more happiness…