MoHow Posted By Dr. MO How many times have you said “Thank You” to someone to express your gratitude today? Each “Thank You” may seem to be a small gesture, but when done as daily habit, it will have a huge positive impact on your life, and the in the lives of many others.
When you find ways to build gratitude into your life, and you will be much happier, and you will bring more happiness into those you touch as well. You’ll be an important part in creating a ripple effect making the world a better, more hospitable, place.
Can you imagine a world where everyone showed gratitude? When someone did a kind deed, you’d smile and say “Thank You”. In this world, if you were going through a tough period someone would take time to comfort you, out of gratitude for for something kind you had previously done.
I have been incorporating more and more gratitude into my life since I met my wife. She taught me to say grace before our meals. This gratitude attitude has changed me and has made me happier. I recommend it heartily as a wonderful road to more well-being..
If you want to build your gratitude attitude here are a few ideas how to do it…
1. Create a Gratitude Ritual. In the morning close your eyes, and take a couple of minutes to think of the people and things you are grateful for. That includes your loved ones, and others in my life.
2. Send a ‘Thank You’ note. It’s nice to get a little note thanking you for something you did. You don’t need to send someone a formal card, just a short note (or email) saying “Thank You” for something the person has done. It only takes a minute!
3. Give thanks each day. You don’t even have to thank a person … you can thank life itself! Wake up, and greet the day with gratitude. Be thankful you’re alive!
Here is a gratitude chant/prayer from the Dalai Lama to give you some examples of what you might say………‘Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ ”
4. Do a kind deed. Without expecting anything in return, do something nice for someone.. something small. Buy them a drink or a coffee, do a chore for them, offer to do an errand, do something they’d appreciate. Think of what the person likes, wants or needs, and do something to help them.
5. Tell someone what you’re grateful for. Take 5 minutes and make a list of things you love about someone, or things they’ve done for you that you appreciate, and then tell them.
6. Say “Thank You” aloud. Find a way to acknowledge the contributions of someone, to show your gratitude, in a public way … in your office, among friends and family, on your blog, in your local newspaper.
7. Surprise someone with kindness. When your wife comes home from work, have nice flowers in a vase. When your dad walks out to the garage, have is car clean and polished. When your daughter goes to bed, have a little note waiting for her.
8. Say thanks for ‘negative’ things in your life. When you feel low, when you feel angry, confused or frustrated, take a moment to stop and close your eyes and find things to be thankful for. Things such as your health, your family, your job, the roof over your head, the fact that you have food on the table, the great people in your life. Whatever you can think of, be thankful for them … and express that gratitude somehow. Realize that all is not bad in this world, and be happy for that.
And then, when you’ve mastered the skill of noticing the ‘positive’ things, , think of the ‘negative’ things in your life … and give thanks for them. That person who is difficult to be with…thank them for teaching you patience and understanding. The storm you just weathered…thank it for reminding you of what is important in life. The illness you are experiencing…thank it for helping you appreciate good health.
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