Gratitude is a powerful practice that can have a positive effect on your overall happiness and well being. When you focus on what you have and begin to truly appreciate everything in your life, your perspective will shift. This has a ripple effect. Soon, your attitude is transformed and you have a better outlook on life.
When life is good, it is easy to express gratitude. It comes naturally for most. Receiving a gift or winning a prize floods you with feelings of happiness and joy, maybe you get excited, and you feel appreciative and grateful. The challenge lies in practicing gratitude when life presents obstacles or times get tough. When a loved one is sick, you lose your job, or your life gets completely turned upside down in some other way, it’s easy and absolutely normal to feel anger, sadness, depression – any number of negative emotions. It is in the darkest times that gratitude has the most power.
Gratitude is a choice. It takes practice and conscious effort – every single day.
Practicing gratitude sometimes takes a lot of inner strength. But it is extremely powerful.
“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.”
You can’t always control your circumstances. But you can control how you react to them.
“Life is 10% of what happens to you, 90% of how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Now is the perfect time to start incorporating gratitude into your daily life. When you practice gratitude, you change your mindset. You shift your focus to the good in your life. Your attitude changes and you begin to feel happier.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melanie Beattie
I’m very excited to announce my third annual gratitude challenge. This year, it’s going to be a little different. I’m taking it back to the original inspiration and the source of what sparked a change in my own life.
This year, it will be a 28 day challenge, following along with The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. It will be an interactive challenge, where we can discuss our thoughts and share our experiences… all in a Facebook group.
So to participate, you will need a Facebook profile and a copy of the book. You can simply borrow it from the library for the duration of our challenge. 🙂 If you are interested, please visit my Facebook page CrimsnMacchiato and send me a DM.
Some important information: This group will be secret, which means you have to be invited to join, and I will be screening everyone for safety and privacy reasons. No one is interested in spam or fake accounts, and I want everyone to feel comfortable in the group. In addition, the group will only be open for the duration of the challenge, and I will be closing it promptly, so no worries about random posts popping up in your feed. Please also note, this is a free challenge. There is no cost to participate, aside from however you choose to acquire the book.
Gratitude doesn’t have to be a big to-do. You do not have to be religious. There are really no rules.
I’d love for you to join me on this journey! And.. why not invite a few friends or your family to join you? Let your loved ones know about the challenge and invite them to join in. 🙂
I also have a fun tradition I’d like to share with you.
Every year, my son and I create a Gratitude Tree. We go outside, collect some sturdy branches, and gather them in an antique teapot to create our tree. We start each November morning by writing down what we are grateful for that day and hang it up on the tree. Click here to learn how to make your own Gratitude Tree for your family this year!
I wanted to share this with you now so you can collect your branches while the weather is still decently warm. 🙂
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4 Tips to Bring Gratitude Into Your Daily Life