Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
I pray this blog speaks to your heart, but I’m really directing it at myself J. I don’t know if it’s the world we live in today (that may just be an excuse), or a lovely byproduct of breathing, but stress seems to dominate our lives at work and at home. Trust me the fruit of the tree of stress is not an attitude of gratitude! This ugly beast sidetracks us. It consumes us. And it can literally destroy our health physically and emotionally.
The Gratitude Attitude
There are many ways to manage stress, as detailed in my earlier blog, “Finding Balance in Our Insanely Busy World…Take a Deep Breath!” But maybe we should take this one step further and attempt to nip it in the bud before it rears its ugly head. Maybe it’s not as difficult as we had thought. Maybe we just need to develop a new attitude – The Gratitude Attitude!
Have you ever met someone who exuded an aura of happiness?
Their demeanor was magnetic and you just loved being around them. The words that spilled from their tongue were positive, encouraging, accepting and grateful. They were someone who was obviously very comfortable in their own skin and to sum it all up with one word – they were “content”. I believe people like this have learned that having an Attitude of Gratitude is an art that helps release stress and creates true peace and contentment. I’m just as sure that their lives are not perfect, but they have made a conscious choice to be grateful for what they have and where they are in life.
To me gratitude is a much deeper level of thankfulness – a realization that you are so blessed in so many ways.
It’s an awareness that God has placed you right where you need to be; right now, at this very moment in time. It fuels positive steps on your journey to the healthier, more vibrant and beautiful you.
All that we behold is full of blessings. ~ William WordsworthAn Attitude of Gratitude is something we need to practice each and every day. It needs to become a habit and, in so doing, you will be dwelling on the positives in your life instead of the negatives. Start each new day counting your blessings. It will help you through the moments of stress and be the encouragement you need to keep going through the tough times.
Give thanks with a grateful heart
It will bring sunshine and joy into your life.