Attitude of Gratitude
This phrase not only sounds catchy, but it feels contagious.
Gratitude is deep form of Self-Care.
A Daily Gratitude Practice helps you shift your thoughts.
This Self-Care Tip reminds you to:
- Start by being grateful for yourself.
- Create a Daily Gratitude Practice in a Journal.
- Commit to Gratitude
- Say Gratitude Affirmations
Love & Gratitude Are the Highest Vibrations of Energy
When things are going well many people forget to be grateful. Conversely, when things aren't going well, by nature people find it hard to see what to be thankful for. It's a curious opposition. Why we forget to be thankful doesn't seem as important as reactivating our Attitude of Gratitude. But what happens when we're not feeling it?
1. Start with Self Gratitude
Sometimes, Self-Care is as simple and small an act as this: giving thanks for yourself.
Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back for that fabulous meal you just made! Or hug yourself tonight as you go to bed for living another day! It feels good to give thanks to ourselves.
2. Cultivate a Daily Gratitude Practice
You may be wondering what a gratitude practice could look like?
Some keep a journal of what they are thankful for, others use affirmations of gratitude around their house to keep them in that stream of consciousness, and still others write thank you letters to those they appreciate.
Is an Attitude of Gratitude something you would like to bring into your Self-Care practice?
To get you inspired I offer this book, 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik. It’s one man’s exploration with the act of gratitude in the form of physically writing and sending out thank you notes to people. He starts with sending thank you notes for Christmas presents because most people don't do that. It’s quite refreshing to read such a raw story because his imperfections are softened by his earnest intent to change his behavior. By finding the positive instead of the negative, this man forges a new path for his life - one that revolves around gratitude.
I admire people who commit to such bold acts. I encourage you to find a place where you would like to grow in gratitude.
What’s something that may shift the course of your life for the better if you were more thankful?
3. Commit to Gratitude
I will lead the way and share my commitment with you:
Modeling and instilling the attitude of gratitude in my children. I notice how much my innocent two year-old picks up. This attitude of gratitude is something I want him to embody from his youth. I often hear myself saying to my son, "be thankful for what you have and don't focus on what you don't have." I want to not only have bookends of thanks each day and night, but joyous spurts of thanksgiving! My intention is to show him how to be grateful with even mundane tasks. I call upon myself to gratefully dance and sing praise as I cook, clean, bath, drive, shop, and even pump the gas.
4. Gratitude Affirmation
Here is one I wrote just for you:
Self-Care is giving to yourself so you can then give to others.
I pray this intention helps you along the path of
the Attitude of Gratitude.
Just sharing some of my solutions has helped me feel more grateful for my readers.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to give yourself this Self-Care tip.