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The Attitude of Gratitude

I posted a quote on Instagram yesterday, ‘Two things you are in total control of in life are your attitude and your effort”

Gratitude is a topic that often comes up when Thanksgiving rolls around, but it’s a worthwhile topic to talk about all year, not just November. I want gratitude to be part of who I am rather than something I just conjure up whenever something good happens in my life.

I believe the answer is in paying attention to what steals my sense of gratitude and making an  effort to feel grateful in those moments when gratitude comes the least naturally.

If someone were to ask me to name things I’m grateful for, I’d have no problem coming up with a list: Roof over my head, food, clothes, health, family and friends. But how long do those feelings really last?

This is where contentment comes into play, it’s vital in order to truly live in a state of gratitude rather than just experiencing gratitude in bursts.

Being grateful and content doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to better things. You have to define what contentment is and what it isn’t, being content doesn’t mean that you don’t have goals or things you’d like to improve about your life. It just means that you don’t let your “wants” consume you to such an extent that they derail your sense of gratitude.

Thats why I think gratitude cannot be achieved without a dose of contentment too. Both attitudes reduce stress levels and makes you a happier, healthier person. When you learn and practice patience you don't get as angry, stressed or overwhelmed. You are more in control of your emotions and in a better position to deal with difficult situations resulting in better decision-making.  

One final thought on the matter….

‘I’ll be happy when’, will never beat ‘I AM GRATEFUL NOW’

Peace, Love and Happy Thanksgiving!