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Developing The Gratitude Habit

Special Thanksgiving Episode

Thanksgiving is a few short days away. Your stress levels are high because of all you do for work or school. Then, you throw in the hectic holiday season with extended family visiting, traveling, shopping, etc. Not to mention that every year it seems like Thanksgiving gets overshadowed by all of the early Christmas festivities. The one-day, literally set aside for us to be conscious of all that we have to be thankful for, passes us by with barely an acknowledgement. It’s the perfect time to develop the habit and attitude of gratitude.

 

The issue in today's world is that we have so many areas in our lives that are dictated and driven by the need to respond constantly. We are never OFF. We're always on our phones. We're never unplugged.

 

An attitude of gratitude will transform relationships, work environment, family life, and your overall satisfaction in your life. It’s not a difficult achievement. Like anything else worthwhile, it needs to become a habit. The good news is that you don’t have to buy special equipment, experience any discomfort, or physical exertion to achieve an attitude of gratitude.

 

Gratitude is simply being thankful and appreciative for all of the good in your life. There are 1440 minutes in a day, but how many minutes do you spend thinking about the good stuff in your life? What about time allotted for counting your blessings? If you took 10 minutes per day to acknowledge three things for which you are grateful? What if you set aside 10 minutes for reading scripture, reading a book, practicing mindfulness/meditation, listening to a podcast, or whatever activity you choose? Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks, to the abundance that you already possess. What if I told you that studies show that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by more than 25%. Would you be willing to exert a little effort for a positive gain towards happiness?

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