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  • Writer's pictureKaydee Zimmern

Attitude of Gratitude

It’s the time of the year when our schedules get infinitely busier. With the holiday hustle and bustle, the stress and chaos can become so overwhelming that we find ourselves sometimes on auto-pilot in order to survive one day to the next. It’s easy to be caught up in the motions of the holiday stress with grocery store runs, activities, presents, and decorations. Before we know it, January is here in the blink of an eye.

It’s important to pause in the present moment and acknowledge the positive things life is showing us. Whether taking a moment when surrounded by loved ones at the thanksgiving table or standing in the sunshine and feeling the breeze, we can remind ourselves of all the things we are grateful for.

Adopting an “attitude of gratitude” can be an extremely transformative process. Not only can it enhance our well-being, relationships, and overall quality of life but also remind us of the little things we take for granted on a daily basis. This goes beyond thanking people who have been generous to us.

Gratitude is a multifaceted emotion and mindset that involves recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of life. True gratitude involves a deep sense of appreciate for the people, experiences, and blessings that enrich our lives. People who practice gratitude daily reap the psychological benefits. Research has actually shown it improves mental health, lowering anxiety and depression risk.

People demonstrate more resilience when faced with difficult times and are better able to manage their circumstances when reflecting on the daily positives no matter how small. Reminding ourselves of the appreciation we have for our loved ones can foster deeper connections and bonds.

One of the biggest benefits is increasing our overall happiness and life satisfaction. Reminding ourselves of the positives can help us to feel more content and fulfilled. There are many things you can do daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Keeping a daily journal to become more attuned to our lives. Showing daily appreciation for others in your lives. Trying to stay present in the moment and bringing yourself back to it when you notice your mind racing or thinking of the future. Volunteer for something you are passionate about. Finally, even when facing something difficult, try to find the silver lining. Reflect on what you’ve learned.

By practicing gratitude daily, we can enhance our lives for the better. It is a very transformative and profound process that will allow us to grow and deepen our relationship with others and the world. In a world that is often focused on negatives, let’s remind ourselves of what’s important, one thankful moment at a time.

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