Not just for this season

@savypat (20246)
United States
December 16, 2008 11:17am CST
a lot of us have a great amount of stress, please stop and read this, It helped me put things in prospective. Hope it helps you also, let me know Develop a "Gratitude Attitude" Understanding the impact of an act of gratitude In today’s economic crisis it can be hard to find something to be thankful for. It’s hard to stand in a grocery line and feel gratitude as you pay over $100.00 for your week’s groceries. It is at times like this when it is important to stop and take a moment to find something to be grateful for. There are some that believe that the best way to 'get over' a negative road block in life is to be of service to others. Volunteering, helping a neighbor, joining a fundraising project, something that basically takes the focus off of your situation and opens your eyes to what others are going through. It helps you feel connected to the world in a way that nothing else can. So what about gratitude? You may feel horrible about the rising cost of living – but should be thankful that you ARE living. You may feel bad that this holiday season you will have to cut back on spending – but be grateful for your family’s health and that you are together. These are just two small examples, but chances are you have your own examples you can bring to mind. There are actual physical benefits to adopting an 'attitude of gratitude,' too. Studies have found that those who practice gratitude have more energy, determination, and enthusiasm, as well as reduced physical reactions to stress and depression. A study by Dr. Michael McCollough, of Southern Methodist University in Texas, and Dr. Robert Emmons, from the University of California at Davis, also found that those who practice gratitude are more likely to create a cycle of 'reciprocal kindness' where one act of gratitude leads to another. Life has its hard times; there’s no doubt about it. Changing your mind and your outlook can literally change your world. 16 Dec, 2008 |Kate Leighton Share
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
17 Dec 08
But it doesn't have to come naturally -- people can learn to be grateful.Grateful people are more likely to be resilient, and they seem to have an easier time overcoming obstacles.Being appreciative of others also helps keep relationships strong.When we feel underappreciated, it's a very draining experience.i have even begun feeling grateful for problems -- just because of how good i feel once i conquer them.If you're grateful you'll always be blessed with abundance.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
17 Dec 08
I totally agree, you stated this so well, Thank you
@sona22 (1431)
• India
16 Dec 08
I have not heard about "Gratitude of Attitude". It seems to be very interesting. I personally practice "Meditation" which gives me mental peace and energy. I want to learn more about Gratitude Attitude. Would you let me know in details?
@savypat (20246)
• United States
16 Dec 08
What it's talking about is that in every situation in our lives we have a choice of positive or negative energy. To have Gratitude Attitude is to find the positive and focus your mind on that. The more you do this and do not allow the negative to creep in the more you will find that life takes care of it's self. Even in the most dire circumstances you can always find the positive. If you can practice the power of NOW this will be easier. Do you know about the power of Now?
• United States
16 Dec 08
I've seen something similar to this article before. Yes, we should all have an "Attitude of Gratitude". We should be so grateful for all the things that we do have, instead of expecting more and more. This is the perfect time of year for each of us to reflect on the attitude that we and make the appropriate changes. Thanks for sharing this and reminding me the be grateful for everything I have in my life that is positive.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I am always glad when things that touch me also touch others, it reminds me that I am not alone in the world. Thank you