WHAT IS THANKFULNESS?
Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. Thankfulness is being glad for the special things which come along. It is also being grateful for the little things which happen around you and within you every day.
To be thankful is to have a sense of wonder about the beauty of this world and to welcome all of life as a gift. Thankfulness is a path to contentment.
Thankfulness is a way to get perspective when things don’t look good and you start to lose hope. It is a way to grow when painful things happen, by looking at the gifts which are always there, even when they seem hidden.
WHY PRACTICE THANKFULNESS?
Without thankfulness people would stay focused on negativity. They would do nothing but whine and complain. They would miss the beauty of life and the power of learning, especially during difficult times.
No matter how difficult or dark things become, there is always light. There is something to learn in every painful situation. In fact, sometimes when look back at a really hard test in your life and realize what you learned, that is when you feel the most grateful of all.
When you open your heart and give thanks for all the goodness in the world, you create more room for the flow of good things to come. Thankfulness leads to optimism. And when you expect the best, you often find it.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE THANKFULNESS?
You practice thankfulness by noticing the beauty around you and within you. Then let yourself feel the gratitude in your heart.
Count your blessings often, especially when you are having a hard time. Find the lessons in all things, for they are the true gifts of this life. Avoid envy because it can destroy your trust. The moment you envy someone else, you are rejecting the gifts that are yours.
If you want to practice thankfulness, learn to receive. Everyone needs to have the opportunity to give, including the people who care for you. Be optimistic by being receptive to life rather than allowing fear or worry to control you.
To practice thankfulness, appreciate little things—a flower by the road, the stars at night, a challenge met, a laugh with a friend, a sorrow shared. To be truly thankful, don’t wait for a dream to be fulfilled. Celebrate the moment.
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