Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Jean Baptiste Massieu
I recently shared with you how much I enjoy watching other folks offer acts of kindness. I think every time we receive a benefit of someone’s kindness we are given an opportunity to share our gratitude. Far too often many of us pay too little attention to the good things in our lives and as such miss the opportunity to focus on why we should be grateful. For me every expression of gratitude provides a deposit in “My Life Is Good” memory bank. It is worth regularly counting your blessings and then realizing how fortunate you really are.
Here are excerpts from an article entitled “The Gratitude Guide” written by Sarah Landrum that is worth your consideration.
Why Live a Grateful Lifestyle?
Science has proven why it’s good to be grateful and not just at Thanksgiving. Specifically, gratitude has a positive effect on physical and emotional health. It also reduces aggression and makes a person more empathetic.
Even showing gratitude for the small things — such as saying thanks when a person holds a door open or writing a quick thank you note to a co-worker — can make people feel more open about extending new opportunities to you.
Try to give yourself permission to engage in thinking freely about those things for which you are grateful. Also, try putting these steps into practice:
Make a daily commitment: There may be days when you have to force yourself to feel grateful. Even in those cases, summoning a grateful attitude is beneficial. Become determined to remember what makes you feel grateful every day without fail.
Put your gratitude in writing: While in high school or college, you may have found writing down learned concepts helped you remember them better. The same is true with cultivating gratitude. Consider getting a journal or a gratitude jar and writing grateful thoughts there so you can refer to them later.
Live in the moment: It can be easy to lose sight of gratitude if you’re constantly thinking about things you could have done better or worrying over things that haven’t happened yet. Gently coax yourself to appreciate the present moment and all its offering.
Don’t become preoccupied with perceived failure: Everyone has bad days from time to time, and you’re human. When summoning gratitude seems like an impossible task, don’t get discouraged. Just make a promise to try again tomorrow, and stick to it.
Here are ways you can make gratitude a way of life:
- Volunteer for a personally meaningful cause.
- Be extra courteous to waitresses, cleaning personnel and others whose contributions sometimes get overlooked. Showing your appreciation will not only brighten their day, but it may also result in better service.
- Call a loved one just to say you appreciate him or her.
- Compliment at least one stranger per day.
- When bad things happen, ask yourself what can be learned from them.
- Remember to be thankful for things others probably take for granted, such as good weather or that you can drive a car during your commute instead of having to walk.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
A nursing assistant, floor nurse, and charge nurse from a small nursing home were taking a lunch break in the break room. In walks a lady dressed in silk scarves and wearing large polished stoned jewelry. “I am ‘Gina the Great’,” stated the lady. “I am so pleased with the way you have taken care of my aunt that I will now grant the next three wishes!” With a wave of her hand and a puff of smoke, the room was filled with flowers, fruit and bottles of drink, proving that she did have the power to grant wishes before any of the nurses could think otherwise.
The nurses quickly argued among themselves as to which one would ask for the first wish. Speaking up, the nursing assistant wished first. “I wish I were on a tropical island beach, with single, well-built men feeding me fruit and tending to my every need.” With a puff of smoke, the nursing assistant was gone.
The floor nurse went next.” I wish I were rich and retired and spending my days in my own warm cabin at a ski resort with well groomed men feeding me cocoa and doughnuts.” With a puff of smoke, she too was gone.
“Now, what is the last wish?” asked the lady. The charge nurse said,” I want those two back on the floor at the end of the lunch break.”
“There are really only three types of people…
Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who say, “What happened?”
A man’s grandfather leaves him $10 million, and the next week his longtime girlfriend agrees to marry him. After three months of married life, the fellow notices that his beautiful new wife is ignoring him more and more. Whenever they are out in public, she flirts with other men. On the rare occasion that she goes to bed with him, she doesn’t respond to him. Finally he decides to confront her.
“You know,” he says, “I think the only reason you married me was that my grandfather left me $10 million when he died.”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” she replies. “I don’t care how you got the money.”
A good marriage requires the determination to be married for good.
The minister of a city church enjoyed a drink now and then, but his passion was for peach brandy. One of his congregants would make him a bottle each Christmas. One year, when the minister went to visit his friend, hoping for his usual Christmas present, he was not disappointed, but his friend told him that he had to thank him for the peach brandy from the pulpit the next Sunday.
In his haste to get the bottle, the minister hurriedly agreed and left. So the next Sunday the minister suddenly remembered that he had to make a public announcement that he was being supplied alcohol from a member of the church. That morning, his friend sat in the church with a grin on his face, waiting to see the minister’s embarrassment.
The minister climbed into the pulpit and said, “Before we begin, I have an announcement. I would very much like to thank my friend, Joe, for his kind gift of peaches … and for the spirit in which they were given!”
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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