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The Power of Gratitude
4 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
8/24/2010 3:43:53 PM
What an important statement-- Sometimes we don't realize how our unhappiness hurts others. I am the sister to two women who constantly, constantly bemoan life and everyone in it. This sadness has destroyed the bond of "sisterhood" and makes me avoid them. I cannot convince them that there is any joy to living. Both seem to "want" to live with a negative attitude. They seem to want to drag me down with their misery. As much as I try to encourage the positives in life, they are determined to counter with criticism and cynicism. I have lost my sisters because of their depression, and there is no solution. I must avoid them, OR become like them. This is really unfortunate for our family. I hope my experience can help others embrace the joys in life, and not dwell on the sorrows. Please, there is a lesson here Sparkpeople.
Thank you for writing this wonderful article. I hope everyone on SparkPeople reads it. A few years ago whenI was going through a really stressful time, I started a gratitude journal. It really made a difference. Now if I've had a tough day, I try to mentally make a gratitude list. It never fails- I always fall asleep quickly and the next morning the problems seem much less intense.
I had to stop working two years ago, which was devastating. What helped me through the process, was my wonderful partner in life, who reminded me constantly of how grateful he was to have me in his life! I counted my blessings and continued to do so... today, I am happier than ever! Thanks for a great article!
Wonderful article! I like the idea of a gratitude journal...something I think I'm going to start doing. I also like the idea of each member of the family sharing each day something that happened that they are grateful for...a nice way to start a meal together and to provide conversation.
8/24/2010 6:40:01 AM
There are so many things to have gratitude for, such as every member of your family and every friend that is alive and healthy today. I lost my husband to brain cancer so I no longer have the joy of being with him day to day, so now I look at my family and cherish every minute of being with them, I find peace in a sunset or sunrise, a family dog, a bird that lands on my feeder, the feel of a cool breeze on a warm day, and the list goes on. Cherish what you have today!
Gratitude and reframing - realizing the half full glass is actually completely full. The empty space which fills up half the glass is all there for a reason too. A beautifully written article, thank you.
Thank you for the excellent article. And it was so well written, too. This really coincides with what I am working on right now. I grew up with so much negativity I am having to learn how to focus on the good. I believe focusing on the bad can make us sick and make our loved ones around us sick as well - that is motivatuion enough for me to get my positive act together. Sometimes I don't think we realize how our unhappiness hurts and affects others.
8/24/2010 1:55:01 AM
Thanks for this article. I need to have more gratitude. I'm not working and am on SSDI but have fairly good health i guess. I'd like to find something i can do at home. THanks again for writing about gratitude.
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