How Important Is Gratitude?

Last year I posted this piece on Gratitude.  After reading it over, it’s amusing to see the relevance to the end of the NCAA Basketball season.  I still feel it may resonate with you now…

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In the past few years of my personal development reading, I have read lots of stuff about gratitude.  All of the writers and speakers I know about on the topic of personal development actually stress that gratitude is imperative for receiving abundance in your life.

Gratitude:  a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.  This is quite a simple definition of a really important concept.  But it’s also quite a simple thing to practice everyday.  It’s a wonderful way to start each day, and one that just takes a conscious thought of doing it.

What do you have in your life that you are really happy about?  What and who are you really thankful for that you have around you right now.  Recently I heard the concept that we need to be really grateful for what we have before we can get more of what we want.

Some of you may have challenges right now that may be so difficult that you would think you couldn’t even start to be grateful for much of anything.  But perhaps you could search deep down for something to be grateful for, no matter how small.  Then concentrate on that for a few minutes, a few times a day and you may see a shift in how you start to think of the challenges you are dealing with now.

We all have numerous thoughts and self-talk going on constantly in our mind, sometimes without realizing what we are really thinking and chattering about.  Become conscious of what you think about.  Our thoughts are powerful.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing to remember and think about on a regular basis.  What are you grateful for now?  The beautiful weather?  The MSU Spartans playing in the Final Four?  Bet that’s on Tom Izzo’s list!  (Just a little Michigan humor at the end of this serious stuff!)

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