It is very easy to complain and list all the things that are wrong with our lives or in the world around us. Unfortunately the more we dwell on this, the easier it is to get deeper into this kind of thinking. None of us are immune to these moments, but practising gratitude is one way of bringing us out of this rut and appreciating all the good things in our lives.
We are blessed with many wonderful things, such as family and friends, good health, happiness, wealth, opportunities, and so on. What we is need is to find a way of acknowledging these wonderful things in our lives and be grateful for what we have.
Some ways in which I practise gratitude are:
- As part of my morning prayers, being grateful for a new day and for the opportunities that lie ahead.
- At the end of the day, writing down 3 things that I am grateful for today. This could be something nice that happened to me, for having an opportunity to do something nice for another person, and for the people who made my day (and life) special. The list is virtually endless, but it really depends on how you reflect back on your day.
- Prepare a list of things that I am grateful for. This is like a cheat sheet if you may, for those moments when I feel down or disheartened.
Here are a couple of things that I’d like to share with you, to inspire you on this journey of gratitude.
First is an article Be Grateful More Often from the Harvard Business Review shows some surprising findings on how gratitude can play a major part in our lives, but also how we can make an impact in the lives of others around us.
And second is an inspirational video on gratitude