Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward
I am going to share an article with you that got me thinking about all the people and things in my life that make it as good as it is. As I spent time developing a mental list of what they are it kept growing and I realized that I just take for granted most of what is right in my life. I also became aware that I seldom express much gratitude to those who enrich my days.
So my friends I just want to let you know I am grateful that we get to touch bases now and then. I am especially fortunate to have the family I have and those who have befriended me over the years. I thank you all.
Here is the article that shares Dani DiPirro’s view on the value we will find in our gratefulness.
Six Ways Gratitude is Useful
Gratitude. That’s a word a word you’re probably quite familiar with, but did you know that gratitude is more than just a nice thing to express? It’s actually has quite a few uses. Here are some of the ways you can use gratitude:
- Use gratitude to combat a bad mood. Whenever you’re feeling upset or angry or frustrated or down, think about the things you’re grateful for and you’ll feel more positive about your life. No matter how deep the funk you’re in, focusing your attention on thankfulness is a great way to counteract a bad mood.
- Use gratitude to live in the moment. When you’re struggling to live in the moment (and who isn’t sometimes!), use grateful thoughts to bring yourself back to the present. It’s easy to get caught up thinking about the past or worrying about the future, but when you take note of all the things you have to be grateful for, it’s easier to stay present.
- Use gratitude to enhance relationships. Nothing makes a relationship better than when you are truly grateful for the other person. All relationships have ups and downs, but if you act and speak with gratitude in mind, you’ll be more appreciative of others and strengthen your relationships with them.
- Use gratitude to motivate yourself. You might face moments when you find it extremely hard to stay motivated. Those tough spots are great times to gravitate toward gratitude. Once you start thinking about all of the things you’re thankful for—including your own abilities—you’ll find yourself feeling more inspired.
- Use gratitude to overcome hurdles. No matter what you’re facing, when you focus on what you’re grateful for, difficulties have a way of becoming more manageable. Gratitude isn’t a cure-all, but it truly does help to put problems in perspective.
- Use gratitude to improve your health. Being grateful can actually improve your physical health. Thankful thoughts can offset stress by making you feel more positive and more present. And the less stressed you are, the healthier you’ll be.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
She says this is what he really means:
“I can’t find it.” MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.
“That’s women’s work.” MEANS: It’s difficult, dirty, and thankless.
“Will you marry me?” MEANS: Both of my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the washer, and there’s no milk left.
“It’s a guy thing.” MEANS: There’s no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.
“Can I help with dinner?” MEANS: Why isn’t it already on the table?
“It would take too long to explain.” MEANS: I have no idea how it works.
“I’m getting more exercise lately.” MEANS: The batteries in the remote are dead.
“We’re going to be late.” MEANS: I have a legitimate reason for driving like a maniac.
“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.” MEANS: I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.
“That’s interesting dear.” MEANS: Are you still talking?
“It’s really a good movie.” MEANS: It’s got guns, knives, fast cars, and half clothed women.
A Doctor’s secretary called an old farmer out my way and said: “Your check came back.”
The old man replied, “So did my arthritis.”
Bob is a favorite conductor among commuters on the Long Island Rail Road. He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider. One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.
“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.
“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveler sarcastically. “Um, it says you’re on the wrong train,” Bob informed him.
“What am I supposed to do now?” asked the flustered passenger.
Returning the punched card, Bob replied calmly, “Ask the ticket.”
“If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?”
In case any of you are still thinking about picking a vacation spot, be aware of the following advertising lingo:
Old world charm ~ No bath
Tropical ~ Rainy
Majestic setting ~ A long way from town
Options galore ~ Nothing is included in the itinerary
Secluded hideaway ~ Impossible to find or get to
Explore on your own ~ Pay for it yourself
No extra fees ~ No extras
Nominal fee ~ Outrageous charge
Gentle breezes ~ Occasional Gale-force winds
Light and airy ~ No air conditioning
Picturesque ~ Theme park nearby
Open bar ~ Free ice cubes
The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
A man walks into a dentist’s office and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”
Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”
Man: “Yes, I know.”
Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”
Man: “The light was on…”
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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