Imagine how you would feel if you had given someone a car and the recipient never bothered with car washes, oil changes or tune ups. When we fail to appreciate our own lives we are displaying the same sort of ungrateful behavior.
Whatever your religious beliefs may be, life, good health, and a sound mind are great gifts not bestowed upon everyone. Take a moment to determine whether your daily life reflects an attitude of gratitude.
Studies have suggested that cultivating an attitude of gratitude increases happiness by extracting the maximum satisfaction from ones circumstances. A common exercise that can allow you to develop the practice of gratitude is keeping a gratitude journal. This exercise consists of keeping a log of the things you are grateful for in your life. When life beats you up, pulling out the journal and reading through your log has a way of putting obstacles and setbacks into perspective.
Here are a few thing I am truly grateful for:
- A small circle of close friends that have proven to me time and time again that they will love and support me through setbacks and celebrations alike.
- An unwavering faith in God that sustains me in times of trouble.
- Good health in spite of the fact that I don’t exercise
nearly as much as I know I shouldever.
- Summer is in full swing. If that isn’t something to rejoice about, I don’t know what is.