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Gratitude Leads to Greatness

The secret to being grateful is no secret. You choose to be grateful. Then you do it again and again. If you forget, begin again.

The easiest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings.  That sounds so simple but it's really easy to just get caught up in life and go, go go! However, what could happen if each day we carved out just a mere 3 minutes, 180 seconds to pause and consider all the good we have? 180 seconds of gratitude sounds easy but it's also so easy to forget.

How can a daily ritual/habit of gratitude help us?

Being happy won’t always make you grateful, but being grateful will always make you happy.

  • It’s nearly impossible to sincerely appreciate a moment and frown about it at the same time.

Several years ago, my father passed away. All of a sudden, my reality was very different. For the first time in my life, I was without parents, both had passed. As I was sad, I began to be grateful that I had my parents into my mid-50's. Wow! I was so grateful that I had them for that long. Suddenly the sadness faded to gladness.

  • When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive.  There’s always something to be grateful for.

Life has a lot of ups and a lot of downs. There are plenty of things that can really mess up your day. However, I honestly can't say that being negative has really ever helped me. On the other hand, when I choose to be positive, and the key phrase is, "I choose..." I've noticed that positivity can really help me in a cruddy situation. It's kind of funny how that works. And get this, positivity is very closely related to gratitude.

  • Count the blessings in your life, and start with the breath you’re taking right now.

I often forget that one of the all-time greatest blessing to be grateful for is breathing. Breathe in and now breathe out. Breathing. Wow, breathing is pretty important and it's kind of funny how I take my breaths for granted.

November is the month of gratitude. Let's be grateful together!

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